After taking several types of business courses, I found the Effective Business Writing course the most beneficial to me! Ms. Linquist was always helpful when commenting on assigments and answering questions. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to make writing easier and getting results!"
This is the best writing class I have ever taken! I had a difficult time writing in college, which has continued into my business career. I recently received a promotion, which requires me to email top-level executives. I would sit for hours just typing and deleting. Writing is not second nature yet, but you have given me valuable information to get me well on my way. I appreciate mostly your timely and honest feedback. I will definitely be recommending this class to others. Thank you for developing a class that works."
We have a Winner! The class is perfect for folks who want to refresh and enhance their writing skills. The methods are fun, creative, and instructive. There are so many helpful things: Printer friendly versions of the lessons are a convenient study guide and a valuable reference source; Discussion area is great for interaction and feedback; Quizzes and assignments help you evaluate yourself; Supplementary material exposes you to a wealth of additional information. The experience is challenging and fulfilling. This course is a real confidence builder!"
Your class was fantastic! Your enthusiasm, well-organized approach, caring attitude, and effective teaching style all inspired me to become a better writer. You gave me valuable tools to improve my writing skills and instilled confidence in me that by exercising what you taught and with continued practice, I can communicate effectively. And it was all done in an atmosphere of fun. Perhaps most of all, you made me think. Again, thanks, and may all you give be returned to you a hundred fold."
Your online course has provided more valuable information than eight years of higher education. Beyond the information it has provided motivation and confidence. Proceed to enlighten a few more students. (Not too many, as I do not like competition.)"
You taught me more applicable writing skills and tips than any class I have ever attended. The lessons were short, useful, practical, and applicable to my daily written communications both personally and professionally. Your format using short chapters with multiples examples of the tips you provided in each lesson made the lessons powerful. I loved the fact you don’t agree with all the writing rules taught such as one-sentence paragraphs. Instead you've given me the tools to enjoy writing. I hope you will continue to share your joy of writing with others. You're an excellent instructor with a natural talent at putting your students at ease and motivating each to do their best."
Excellent course! I actually teach college-level business writing, and was taking this course as a refresher to make sure that I was not teaching outdated material. I found the course useful and informative-- exactly what I was looking for, and sure to help anyone who wishes to improve his or her business writing skills. Thanks so much!"
Thank you so much for teaching me to like to write. I couldn’t have completed this class without your consistent feedback and the hard work from my peers. This is my first online class and I felt like I was in a real classroom. I never heard your voice, but as I read each chapter, the words became an imaginary voice. I now cluster and dialogue before I take on any writing assignment. It’s fun, easy, and it helps me think through any problem that may rise."
This business writing class has been very informative and fundamental. For example, I’ve never thought about proofreading a document over and over again. I never even thought to write, leave it alone, and come back to it the next day. I perform each of these strategies and I’ve noticed immediate changes in my writing. Everything makes sense. Now I stay on topic, I include a benefit when necessary, and I tell the reader how to proceed."
I now have the courage and knowledge I need in order to approach any difficult writing piece. I have now mastered some important skills to get best results from my letters and emails. Thanks so much for all your help."
Course Code: ebw
Learn a brainstorming technique that will help make writing easier and more fun for you right away, and learn how to disentangle the efforts of your creative and critical sides, and you'll come to understand why both sides are important components of good writing. Then, learn a helpful system for organizing your writing, whether it's an e-mail, a formal letter, or a companywide memo.
Discover the seven basic benefits you can offer your reader and how to write the crucial first sentence of your document. You'll also learn one more brainstorming technique that will help you capture good ideas, words, and phrases. Then, master seven strategies for putting your ideas in order and learn how poor sequencing can sabotage your efforts.
Learn how revision is a process of exploration and discovery and formatting strategies that will invite your reader in. You'll also learn to be a ruthless editor and professional proofreader. Then, learn the important skill of writing clearly and concisely without using business clichés, jammed modifiers, trendy words, jargon, foreign words, redundancies, and hedging adjectives.
Discover what words you should include to make your business writing more compelling. Then, look at strategies for good spelling and punctuation. Everyone needs this review!
Discover your grammar strengths and weaknesses to fill in the gaps that remain. Then, learn two easy ways to eliminate unintentional tone mistakes and defuse any negative emotions that might get in the way of your problem solving.
Learn why being able to say “no” with grace is a crucial business skill and gain a solid strategy for writing documents that say “no” while retaining the goodwill of your reader. Finally, you’ll find out some of pitfalls of using e-mail, including its legal status in court. You'll also discover how to manage the tone of your e-mail so that it doesn't accidentally offend your reader.
Ann Linquist is a continuing education instructor on college campuses, at corporations, and with non-profit organizations. She has helped thousands of adults learn to tackle their writing tasks with enthusiasm. Having written everything from novels to newsletters, articles to ad copy, Linquist is able to address the writing needs of each individual. The breadth of her background ensures a powerful, involving learning experience that builds on the strengths of each participant.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.