Professional Writing: Effective Workplace Communication

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This class is offered as a live online session using the Zoom platform.

On a given workday, a sizeable degree of our communication with colleagues and clients occurs through writing. Therefore, the ability to convey written information clearly and concisely is crucial in today's work environment. This course teaches strategies and techniques you can apply in a variety of contexts to produce high-quality written materials. Learn how word choice and structure can both inform and engage your intended audience and how your written communication skills can impact your professional credibility and influence.

Learners will engage in hands-on real-time application of their learning throughout this live online course.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this class you will be able to:

  1. Apply strategies and techniques for producing clear, concise and effective workplace writing.
  2. Apply the writing process of researching, structuring, outlining, and polishing to create documents that are structured appropriately for various contexts.
  3. Develop your grammar and proofreading skills.
  4. Leverage A.I. to supplement your writing process.
  5. Apply ethics to workplace writing situations, including avoiding plagiarism or copyright violation, and using AI assistance in your writing process.

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Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 6
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .6

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Katie Holt at katie.holt@wisc.edu

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Sarah White

Sarah White (MFA, University of King’s College),  has decades of experience helping others be more effective writers. She coaches both professionals who are writing for their work and individuals who are creating nonfiction or novels for submission to publishers.  She also helps families and individuals write personal memoirs, and has been the President of the Association of Personal Historians. Sarah provides freelance services and has taught virtually even before the pandemic for both business clients and educational organizations. 

What Attendees Are Saying

Lots of great information, disseminated in simple, easy-to-understand concepts. The practical examples were great, and I loved noticing that actual content was incorporated as sentence examples throughout. This was just neat to see, and really drove home the practicality of the use of each concept (particularly in the grammar section)!
I learned a lot of great tips and tricks on grammar usage that I will be implementing, and found several "don'ts" that I was using that I will be working to correct! I also appreciated the perspective of writing for personalities and structuring emails in an order that facilitates the personalities of all potential audience types to receive and understand the information. Based on feedback I've received in my unit on my own writing, this will be of particular use to me. Thank you!
The small group assignments were excellent... assisting us to apply the teaching in a practical way. I liked how they took time for sharing and questions.
Interesting, fun content. I really loved the format... I thought it would be challenging to do virtual learning for 6 hours but it was easy.