Effective professional writing, which happens consistently and inescapably, is one of the main driving forces of a productive workplace. This course covers the most common features and forms of everyday workplace writing, as well as strategies for creating and refining such writing.
Writing in the workplace is often thought of as something coming in short bursts, or associated with major initiatives. The bulk of workplace writing, though, happens on a sustained, daily basis in the form of emails, memos, interoffice social communication, and routine informal reports. The average worker, regardless of field, generates 10-15 pages of writing a week. Proficiency with and understanding of these writing tasks will increase workplace efficiency and productivity, as well as the ultimate value of the writing itself. This course covers the most common, repeatable types of internal office communication, how to create this writing, and how to revise it for maximum impact and value.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Alan Ackmann, and welcome to my course, Everyday Writing in the Workplace. I'm an instructor of writing, rhetoric, and discourse at DePaul University with a specialty in professional and technical writing. In this course, we're going to explore the most common kinds of professional writing you're likely to encounter on a regular basis, as well as how to use these writing forms in a way that will simply and enhance your professional life. Some of the major topics that we will cover include using email effectively, writing routine and sensitive memos, making the most of routine reports like trip, incident, test, and progress reports, and taking advantage of interoffice instant messaging. By the end of this course, you'll have an increase confidence in professional writing and a much stronger ability to use it effectively. This course doesn't require any foundational knowledge. But from here, you should feel comfortable diving into more sophisticated professional writing forms including courses on resumes, process instructions and directions, and proposals. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about professional writing with the Everyday Writing in the Workplace course at Pluralsight.