Gain practical writing skills to transform your workplace communication. Our professional writing courses are designed for everyone; from those with little communication skills to communication experts.

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Good writers inform, guide and persuade their readers with carefully chosen words, sentences and paragraphs that deliver a clear message, win attention and produce outcomes. Clarity suffers when writers are unsure about why they are writing, what they want to say, and what they want their readers to do. This writing skills course shows you how to recognise and overcome problems that obstruct clarity and frustrate readers.

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Course outline

This course explores how to:

  • build rapport with, and win the respect of, readers
  • avoid word choices and sentence structures that cloud meaning
  • use active voice and writing style guides for your
  • keep the relationship between ideas clear
  • focus on the necessary and eliminate the unnecessary
  • punctuate for clarity.

Learning outcomes

As a result of this course, you should be able to:

  • focus on how readers might receive and act on your message
  • craft sentences readers can understand
  • identify and eliminate ambiguity
  • choose precise words over vague ones
  • eliminate unnecessary information
  • punctuate for clarity.

Who should enrol

Public and private sector writers who want to write with greater clarity and impact. Or anyone wanting to enhance their business writing skills.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation
  • Ability to upload course completion to your LinkedIn profile
  • Access to the CCE student portal during the course and the month following
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
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All writers of non-fiction need thoughtful editors and rigorous proofreaders. This course takes you through practical examples showing how the professionals apply their skills to reports and other documents, conscious of their responsibility to the author, the reader and the language. It shows how to use house style, style sheets, and proofreading marks, and how to structure documents for maximum readability and minimum ambiguity. 

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Course outline

  • Roles in publishing: who does what and why
  • Applying or creating a house style
  • Proofreading: capitalisation, punctuation, lists, common errors, using a checklist
  • Copyediting: fixing faulty grammar, ambiguities, mangled modifiers, smothered meanings and other barriers to readability
  • Structural editing: organising a report for maximum clarity and impact, whether the reader reads the whole thing or not

Learning outcomes

This course should enable you to:

  • understand the publishing process for print and the web
  • use house style and style sheets
  • avoid embarrassing errors in publications
  • use proofreading marks and symbols
  • produce shorter and clearer documents
  • methodically edit your own and other people’s writing.

Who should enrol

Workplace writers and editors who want to produce high-quality documents that meet readers’ expectations for clarity, conciseness, structure, punctuation, grammar, and attention to detail.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation
  • Ability to upload course completion to your LinkedIn profile
  • Access to the CCE student portal during the course and the month following
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day
No dates are currently scheduled.

The essential grammar for writers and editors course will take you beyond the ‘sounds good’ school of writing and editing to an understanding of the essential organising principles of language. Get to know your language better, not by memorising archaic ‘rules’ but by learning how language elements function. This course also offers tips on grammar and punctuation choices that produce coherent, meaningful writing.

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Course outline

  • Module 1: word classes and how they function in sentences
  • Module 2: sentence elements such as subject, predicate, phrases and clauses
  • Module 3: sentence types and variety
  • Module 4: writing and punctuation tips aimed at improving clarity, conciseness and writing style

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • make sensible decisions about English usage and punctuation
  • write with variety and style
  • make better use of dictionaries and style guides
  • speak and write with confidence and influence
  • justify, or understand, editorial changes
  • identify and correctly use word classes such as nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, determiners, conjunctions
  • use correct pronoun case
  • identify and use sentence elements such as subject and predicate, phrases and clauses
  • appreciate how grammar helps in understanding, analysing and discussing sentence structures.

Who should enrol

Office workers who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills, supervisors who edit written work and need to coach their staff in writing skills, and anyone interested in the good and the bad of the language we use every day. Suitable for those doing their first writing course.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation
  • Ability to upload course completion to your LinkedIn profile
  • Access to the CCE student portal during the course and the month following
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day
No dates are currently scheduled.

Learn proven techniques to produce clear, concise and persuasive reports, proposals, submissions and other documents.

Learn how professional project managers, writers, editors, proofreaders and indexers coordinate their work to develop reports that cut through to their readership, even when readers just ‘skim’ the document.

By discussing sample documents and doing some group writing and revising (on paper and on your laptop), you will be able to judge for yourself whether your documents are going to work and, if necessary, edit them so that they will.

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Course outline

  • Preparing to write: who is it for and what is it for?
  • Understanding four essential bits of grammar to achieve coherence and flow
  • Using or imposing plain English principles
  • Establishing and using a style sheet
  • Project managing a collaborative report
  • Finding and assessing information
  • Writing the text and assembling non-text elements
  • Substantively editing and rewriting the text
  • Writing an executive summary: what to aim for and what to avoid
  • Copyediting the text and raising queries with writers
  • Proofreading at a professional level
  • Liaising with designers and verifying proofs

Learning outcomes

This course should enable you to:

  • define the purpose of your report and achieve that purpose
  • understand and perform the entire report production task, from researching and writing to revision and publication
  • understand and apply the principles of plain English
  • tailor content, structure and language to your readers
  • construct reports that are coherent and logical at all levels: sentences, paragraphs and sections
  • capitalise on up-to-date practices for drafting, revising and publishing documents
  • use particular functions of Microsoft Word to reduce the time taken to edit and proof long reports by around 20%
  • use professional checklists to ensure that no editing or proofreading task is missed or repeated.

Who should enrol

Project managers, editors, writers and others who want to improve the clarity, conciseness and persuasiveness of their reports, briefs, submissions and other documents.

Note: You will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Word installed. If you want to do this course but do not have a laptop, contact ANU CCE beforehand.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation
  • Ability to upload course completion to your LinkedIn profile
  • Access to the CCE student portal during the course and the month following
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day

About the facilitator: James Dixon

James Dixon is a writer and an accredited editor who has worked in Canberra since 2001. He has written and edited for most government departments, many government agencies, large commercial consultancies and various think tanks, with a strong emphasis on plain English and readability.


Wed 14 Oct 2020

09:00 - 16:30

1 Session
14 spots remaining.

This class will be delivered online.

Immediately boost your speechwriting skills. This practical course will offer techniques, tips, examples, exercises and expert feedback on your writing that can be applied in your next speechwriting task.

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Course outline

The workshop provides a thorough exploration of how to prepare attention-grabbing speeches that blend the speaker's requirements with meaningful audience engagement to deliver influential and memorable policy messages.

  • 9am - 11am - Theory
  • 1pm- 1.30pm – Individual work
  • 1.30pm - 3pm - Presentation, feedback and final theory.


During the course, you will gain insights and experience into a range of speechwriting activities:

  • applying principles for communicating with influence to speeches
  • drafting text for full speeches and speaking notes
  • tailoring speech content, style, and language to each occasion
  • incorporating policy messages so they are influential and memorable

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • research, plan and draft government speeches for a range of speakers and occasions
  • draft speeches that present government policy messages influentially and memorably
  • draft full speeches and speaking notes appropriate for the speaker and occasion
  • draft speeches that blend the speaker's requirements with effective audience engagement
  • apply specific speechwriting techniques that support influential communication
  • choose speech language and content that is meaningful to the audience.

Who should enrol

Anyone wishing to take their speechwriting ability up a level or refresh their skills. You will be able to choose and be guided through a range of examples and exercises, depending on skill level and experience.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation