Professional Business Writing Certificate Program

Description:

Professional Business Writing is centered on the idea that every piece of effective business writing, whether it's an email, memo, formal letter, marketing piece or web page, should cause the reader to take action. This Professional Business Writing course is designed to help you think about communication in a new and more effective way, and to learn how to make your writing an expression of that new way of thinking.
Although this course addresses the use of proper grammar and vocabulary, it is designed to teach you a more effective way of thinking about and using business writing and is not a course in basic writing skills.
Professional Business Writing also counts as an elective towards completing the Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate Program.

For More Information, Contact:

Jurate Murray
  • Email: jmurray9@depaul.edu
  • Phone: (312) 362-5913
  • FAX: (312) 362-6540

Student Testimonial

"My supervisor recommended that I take a writing class for professional development at my semi-annual review. Art Fox's class provided me with many tips and tricks for good writing, as well as a forum in which to put into practice what I had learned. At annual review time, my supervisor noted a marked improvement in my writing. There is nothing more satisfying than to have your improvements noticed and to feel a boost of confidence in your own skill set. This course has made me more marketable in today's increasingly competitive work environment."
-Audra Adomenas

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for professionals in any career field or industry wishing to polish their writing skills. Whether writing a formal presentation, composing press releases or marketing materials, or drafting memos, this class can provide the skills you need.
Many business professionals, even those who can create good writing, often find writing to be difficult, time-consuming, and intimidating, and their writing doesn’t always produce the results they want.
If you would like to have a repeatable recipe for good writing that applies to any content or format, that speeds up composition time, helps you make your writing clearer, more succinct and easier to read, and that gets people to respond to you within the time frame you set, then this course is for you.

Benefits

Effective business writing can set you apart from other employees, get you noticed by your superiors, and improve your chances of advancement.
You’ll gain these skills:
  • Knowledge of a repeatable plan for writing any business document quickly and efficiently
  • The ability to use the correct structure of effective business writing, including how to define the writing challenge, audience, desired outcome, communication style and format
  • The ability to motivate readers to take action by using the proper message structure, establishing credibility, and clearly and concisely defining benefits to the reader

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there course materials?
There are no books for this course, although it is highly recommended that students buy The Business Writer’s Handbook by Alred, Brusaw and Oliu.
Handouts will be distributed on the first day of class. The cost of these materials is included in the course fee. Students will need to supply three business writing samples, pens and paper.
Do I get DePaul credit for this class?
No, but some DePaul CPE courses have been approved for CEU credits. This is a professional education class, with different requirements than courses taken for academic credit.
How big are the classes?
Class size is limited to 15 students.
Will I have to write papers and take exams?
Students should be prepared to spend time writing outside of class, to actively participate in group discussions, to evaluate the work of other students and to have their work evaluated by the instructor and other students.
Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the ILLINOIS workNet initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact us or Workforce Development for more information.

Registration

Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

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KMC 214-00
20142
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Loop6366
Art Fox
DePaul Center, Room 7514, 1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL
Thursdays, May 29 - June 26, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
1.5 CEUs
15 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 5/22/2014$795.00