Writing for Business

City University London
In Islington (Grossbritannien)

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  • Short course
  • Islington (Grossbritannien)
  • Wann:
    Freie Auswahl
Beschreibung

This evening course is for business professionals who want to improve their writing for business skills. It is a highly practical course suitable for anyone whose job involves writing corporate documents, or who wants their business writing to stand out in a crowd.Topics CoveredTopics covered in this Writing for Business short course include: how to write marketing texts, mission statements, press releases, USP’s and corporate documents for external, in- house, web and blog use, how to conduct interviews, how to edit documents, how to write speeches, and how to write for the digital market.Students will be set homework and class exercises each week and tutor feedback will be given throughout the course. You will be expected to share your written work with the group as well as with the tutor, and give and receive feedback in class.Please note this is a course for those already working within a business environment. It is not suitable for those wishing to improve their English.Why Choose a City Short Course?Our Writing for Business short course enables business professionals to enhance their corporate document writing skills across a range of business functions.Our 10 weekly evening classes, tutored by an experienced journalist and writer, will help students to improve their writing skills and learn best practices for business writing. Course Information Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply Thursday 6 October 2016 18:30-20:30 10 weekly classes £430.00 CS1216 Apply Now Thursday 19 January 2017 18:30-20:30 10 weekly classes £430.00 CS1216 Apply Now Thursday 4 May 2017 18:30-20:30 10 weekly classes £430.00 CS1216 Apply Now Tutor Info ...

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Wo und wann

Beginn Lage
Freie Auswahl
Islington
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB , London, Grossbritannien
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Was lernen Sie in diesem Kurs?

Business Writing
Market
IT
Marketing
Writing
Skills and Training
Press
Writing Skills

Themenkreis

What will I learn?

Week 1: Getting the background

  • Discussion of what subjects/aims the group has in mind
  • Analysis of different types of business writing, from highly technical to lighter profiles, press releases to mission statements, reviews, diary pieces and news and current interest reports
  • Building confidence, assessing your skills, writing under pressure
  • How to get overall angles and ideas and spot timelines
  • Importance of being accurate, succinct and creative
  • WRITE SELF-PROFILE in THIRD PERSON.

Week 2: Understanding the market and the reader

  • A study of a cross section of corporate publications
  • How to adapt the tone and style of a text to suit another outlet
  • Reader profiles of various titles - WHY would they want to read it?
  • Different styles of writing
  • Who/what is the media/audience delivering to?
  • How to find out who they are
  • ANALYSIS OF READERS

Week 3: Getting down to research

  • Where to get more information/source facts
  • Do we rely too much on the Internet?
  • Finding the central idea and building on it
  • Useful tools: synopsis/summary from longer documents
  • Writing the first draft -planning the text
  • Timelines
  • WRITE A SUMMARY

Week 4: Interviewing and archiving

  • Making sure you are clear what you want from an interviewee
  • Angling your questions and understanding the answers
  • How to encourage better quotes and dealing with difficult people.
  • Transcribing, organizing notes, building an archive
  • Reworking existing material. Acquiring new angles : listening (radio), watching (TV)
  • INTERVIEW IN CLASS AND WRITE PROFILE

Week 5: Finding the 'direction' in Press Releases/Publicity/Marketing Texts

  • Mission statements/ USPs/in-house newsletter/CEOs newsletter
  • Is it newsworthy? Recognising the story? Timely?  A hook?
  • Have you enough substance to issue a new text?
  • Is it useful and relevant info about your organisation?
  • Will it cover 'exciting' new ground
  • If it's a 'worthy' story, how to make it news-worthy
  • WRITE A PRESS RELEASE

Week 6: Writing the document

  • Project Managing a document
  • Structure and layout (building blocks)
  • Clarity and precise words - style and tone
  • Avoiding goobledeegook, fluff or fancy words
  • Boxes and sidebars, good quotes, strong headline/intro
  • Writing style and tone for a stimulating read
  • Finding the right words, creating the best order
  • Rules of grammar, punctuation
  • WRITE A REVIEW ON A PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Week 7: Delivering press releases/publicity/marketing documents

  • Correct style - why would they want to read it? Main faults.
  • Relating to the journalist, making it easy for them
  • Why are they going to relate to it?
  • Delivery style and getting it placed
  • Repurposing a document
  • Following up
  • TALK THROUGH A FOLLOW-UP PHONECALL/EMAIL

Week 8:  Going Digital

  • Brevity, different style, writing for the web
  • Twitter/blogs/facebook - making them work for you
  • How to tighten up the first draft
  • Adding elements to widen the scope of your text
  • Writing techniques
  • Importance of social media
  • CLASS DISCUSSION FOLLOWED BY WRITTEN EXERCISE

Week 9: Legalities and finalities

  • Legal issues and rights
  • Copyright, plagiarism
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Dealing with journalists, pitching/negotiating
  • Business letters/emails, beginnings, endings, vocabulary
  • Risk management/complaint strategy, helpful words to use
  • EDIT CEO'S QUARTERLY LETTER TO STAFF

Week 10: Presenting yourself in a businesslike manner

  • Writing a CV/resume/bio
  • How to write a speech/presentation
  • How to do radio/tv interviews on your product/service
  • How to get people interested in your ideas, cold calling
  • Building up relationships with the right people for future work
  • Places to find help with brand vision and business advice
  • MAKING A SHORT SPEECH/PRESENTATION

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Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor. Homework will be set each week.