Cornell University

Human Capital Development

16 E. 34th Street, NYC, 866-470-1922

Writing for Business MD221

Not currently offered

This program currently has no scheduled dates. Find out more about how this program can be offered in-house at your organization.

Impressions of you and your organization often depend on how well you communicate in writing. We are all called upon to communicate important messages in writing to inspire action or response, and it's often difficult to assess how these messages are received. Effective writing always requires careful consideration of the reader and how you present your message, even in e-mails. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice proven writing techniques that will help you:

  • Manage your work and business relationships using the written word
  • Put your words to work for you
  • Express your personality on the page
  • Focus on your key strategic message
  • Write ideas in clear language and an easy-to-read format
  • Make the writing process faster and more comfortable

Key Topics

  • Planning and organizing the document
  • Identifying and clarifying the strategic message
  • Selecting information the reader needs to make a decision
  • Creating sentences that are readable and clear
  • Grabbing the reader in the opening and the closing
  • Using the appropriate format to help your readers navigate your documents
  • Selecting words that move the reader to action
  • Using verbs with precision
  • Getting rid of excess words
  • Choosing your personal tone and style
  • Using the editing network to strengthen your writing

Special Features

Writing sample evaluation: before the workshop begins, the instructor will provide you with an evaluation of your written work based on three samples you submit

Who Will Benefit

Managers, supervisors, and staff professionals who write general or technical letters, memos, and/or reports


Steven Hart

Note: Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow ample time for writing practice and critiquing.