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Get to the Point: A Practical Writing Course for Technical Professionals

Don't waste your audience's time: Be clear, concise, complete and confident in your communications.

Most technical professionals avoided writing classes but now find that to succeed, they must be able to put their ideas and information in writing. Emails, reports, proposals, recommendations, and business cases are still the most effective way we deliver information. How you communicate is what will differentiate you and your organization from your competition.

This is a six-session intensive technical writing course offered remotely

This practical and interactive course consistently sells out in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Seats are limited to allow more individual attention and productive discussions.

Course Objectives

  • Eliminate wordy expressions
  • Write reports for multiple-audience readers with different levels of subject knowledge
  • Organize and write longer reports
  • Write justifications, investigations, and recommendations
  • Write procedures and instructions
  • Write short proposals to convey an idea, suggestion, or change report
  • Structure proposals of varying lengths
  • Write an effective executive summary
  • Use Information Design techniques to increase the readability of a report
  • Create a confident image by sharpening writing style
  • Develop a clear, concise and complete writing style
  • Identify and focus the reader's attention on the main message
  • Understand the purpose for communicating  (informative vs persuasive)
  • Differentiate between "need to know" and "nice to know" information
  • Use the Active Voice to make your information easier to understand
  • Write effective emails
  • Use acronyms and abbreviations correctly
  • Create a personal, professional and comfortable tone
  • Write short reports – incident, field trip, inspections, progress and project completion

In addition to a comprehensive 100-page course handbook, participants will receive personal feedback on three writing assignments and experience group and individual exercises.

Key Details to Know

This highly interactive webinar series involves 9 hours of instruction and 3 hours of independent practical exercises. Breakout rooms will be used for group discussions, exercises, polls, chat, and Q&A to engage participants and obtain feedback during the sessions.

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Total Hours 9 hours of instruction and 3 hours of independent exercises
Sessions 6 sessions, 1.5 hours each, spread over 3 weeks
  • Tuesday, April 26
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Tuesday, May 3
  • Thursday, May 5
  • Tuesday, May 10
  • Thursday, May 12
Time 9:00-10:30 MST
Fee $1100 CND per person, includes feedback on 3 assignments and course material
Participants Maximum 25 participants
Format Delivered on ZOOM with live instruction

The program is accredited by the Engineering Institute of Canada for 12 PDHs or 1.2 CEUs.

Course Syllabus & General Agenda

For questions about this course or what it will cover, please contact Lisa Moretto at [email protected] or www.rgilearning.com

Webinar 1: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Identifying and focusing the reader's attention on the main message
  • Differentiating between "need to know" and "nice to know" information
  • Applying Pyramid Method of WritingTM to organize information
  • Understanding the purpose for writing (informative or persuasive)

Webinar 2: Thursday April 28, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Writing action-getting requests for internal and external audiences
  • Using language to create a confident image of you and your organization
  • Using the active voice to make the information easier to understand

Webinar 3: Tuesday May 3, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Personalizing your writing to create a comfortable tone
  • Eliminating wordy expressions from your writing
  • Developing a clear, concise and complete writing style
  • Evaluating a request from a reader’s point of view

Webinar 4: Thursday May 5, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Determining the best tool: email, phone, text or video
  • Writing to multiple-audiences (technical and non-technical)
  • Writing short reports – incident, inspection, field trip, progress and project completion

Session 5: Tuesday May 10, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Writing longer reports- evaluations, recommendations
  • Writing numbers and abbreviations
  • Writing instructions and procedures

Session 6: Thursday May 12, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Editing techniques
  • Writing short informal proposals
  • Designing information for readability

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