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Fundamentals of Writing

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Nov 27 - Nov 29, 2017
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Feb 26 - Feb 28, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Apr 30 - May 02, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Jun 04 - Jun 06, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Jul 11 - Jul 13, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $999 O
Jul 30 - Aug 01, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Sep 10 - Sep 12, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Nov 05 - Nov 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
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Course overview

Enhance your success at work by learning to prepare correct, concise and organized memos, emails and other documents. Using standard grammar and usage rules, construct simple, compound and complex sentences that communicate clearly to your readers. Use transitional words, phrases and strategies to link sentences into coherent paragraphs. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires all federal agencies to write public documents in a clear, concise and well-organized manner.

This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Personal Property Management .

This course aligns with the following DoD financial management competencies:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Written Communication (Lead Self) N/A 18

Who should attend?

Individuals who want to improve their business writing skills. This course will also benefit non-native English speakers who are familiar with grammar and usage rules and skills as taught in Grammar and Usage (ENGL7005D).

See Practical Writing (WRIT1810A), a self-paced distance education course, if you want to reinforce what you learn in this course.This is the second of four sequenced writing courses: Grammar for Professionals (ENGL7005D), Fundamentals of Writing (WRIT7010D), Writing for Results (WRIT7110D), and Clear Writing through Critical Thinking WRIT7100D).

Learning outcomes

  • Organize well-constructed sentences into coherent paragraphs and documents
  • Write to meet the needs of your reader
  • Compose clear, concise written products at work, following correct usage and grammar principles
  • Structure sentences and paragraphs
  • Outline and organize your writing
  • Organize your business writing to clarify the purpose and ensure the reader's understanding
  • Use voice and tense correctly
  • Plan each document to deliver a clear message to a specific audience
  • Select precise words to achieve results
  • Write concisely but effectively

Course outline

Day 1

Lesson 1: Fundamentals of Writing

  • Taking a Pre-Assessment
  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Writing a Document in Four Easy Steps
  • Analyzing the Situation
  • Choosing the Best Form
  • Writing Effective E-Mail
  • Using E-Mail Etiquette
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Lesson 2: Ideas

  • Developing Main Points
  • Supporting Your Main Point
  • Using Levels of Detail
  • Building Your Case
  • Answering Objections
  • Using Informative Headings
  • Summarizing
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Day 2

Lesson 3: Organization

  • Reviewing Lessons 1 and 2
  • Using Three-Part Structure
  • Organizing Good-News Messages
  • Organizing Bad-News Messages
  • Organizing Persuasive Messages
  • Ordering Information in Lists
  • Using Transitions
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Lesson 4: Voice and Words

  • Understanding Voice
  • Using Appropriate Formality
  • Keeping Your Voice Positive
  • Developing a �You Attitude�
  • Using Fresh, Precise Words
  • Getting Rid of Wordiness
  • Using Respectful Language
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Day 3

Lesson 5: Sentences and Correctness

  • Reviewing Lessons 3 and 4
  • Combining Choppy Sentences
  • Energizing Your Sentences
  • Writing Tight, Parallel Sentences
  • Correcting Unclear Wording and Faulty Sentences
  • Correcting Common Errors 1
  • Correcting Common Errors 2
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Lesson 6: Design

  • Designing E-Mail Messages
  • Developing an Effective Page Design
  • Making Sound Typographical Choices
  • Empowering Your Message with Graphics
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Extra Practice

Lesson 7: Applying the Fundamentals

Reviewing the Seven Traits
Using Additional References
Taking a Post-Assessment


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