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The Business Writing Center is committed to providing the perfect solution to your business writing training needs. We offer 45 online, self-pacing courses with instructor coaching and evaluations, to provide you with the training you need to write clear, effective, high-quality business documents.

If you have questions about any of the courses or about registration, call 800 827-3770 (309 452-2831 outside of the U.S.) or send an e-mail to center@writingtrainers.com.


Step 1. Select the Course(s) Teaching the Skills You Need

You can find the ideal courses for you or for your employees in any of these three ways:

Option 1: In the "Search" box in the upper right corner of this screen, type the name of an area of business writing you are interested in, such as e-mail, business proposals, legal writing, audit reports, coaching, and so on. Click on Go to see the courses.

Option 2: If you already know the course number or name, go directly to the course you want to find out more about by typing part of the course name or the course's number in the "Search" box. Click on Go.

Option 3: You may browse through the 45 business writing courses we offer by clicking on a category of courses in the left column below "Online Instructor Courses."

NOTE: Click on "Write in Special Areas" to read about courses in plain English, legal proofreading, legal writing, recording and writing meeting minutes, technical call center writing, and writing business proposals, grant proposals, sales letters, Web pages, user manuals, instructions and procedures, public relations, and advertising copy.

Step 2. Register for the Course(s)

If you are an individual registering yourself, select the first course as explained in Step 1 above and follow the instructions to register.

If you are enrolling someone else or a group of trainees, select the course(s) you want your trainees to complete. Change the quantities to match the number of courses you need for all the trainees. When you fill out the student information, put any trainee's name in. We will do the paperwork for the rest of them. After you have paid the tuition, you will fill out a form with names and courses for the trainees.


Or choose from three of our most popular courses

Below are the three most popular courses. Click on the course name to learn more about the course.



BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial
Tuition: $345.00


The Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial course is for people who have problems in grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, or sentence structure. The course will help you learn new patterns to replace the old by using your own sentences as examples. The teaching, practice, and tests are based on your own writing as much as possible. It is highly individualized. The instructor carefully evaluates writing samples and prescribes study and practice based on your unique needs. You work on only the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. You have unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions.

The course has four thorough course cycles in it, much like four smaller courses. For each, you will send writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor will read each sample thoroughly, identify skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area with corrections showing how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar textbook, answer any questions you have about the skills, have you practice the skills, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct in ten minutes to be sure you have learned the skills. That comprises a full cycle of analysis of your writing and training in all the writing skills we identify that you need. You will go through four full cycles of this work to identify as many problems in your writing as we can and teach you the skills you need.

You may purchase the grammar textbook we use from a bookseller such as Amazon.com. However, the textbook is not required for the course. You will use online training materials to learn the skills.


Course Time: You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

BWC310 Basic Grammar and Writing Skills for Business
Tuition: $295.00


The Basic Grammar and Writing Skills for Business course contains training in both usage (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure) and business writing (e-mail, memos, letters, reports, and other documents). The focus is on providing the business writer who has some usage problems with the instruction to make his or her writing clear, effective, and correct. Business people with many basic writing skills problems should take BWC110 Basic Writing Skills Tutorial.

The course uses the lessons from the Business Writing Skills course without the 12 practice activities. The time you would have spent on the practice activities is devoted to the grammar training.

The training materials include an online index for continued use of the reference tools after the course is finished. Course materials remain online for the duration of the course and after the course is finished.



Course Time: You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

BWC210 Business Writing Skills
Tuition: $295.00


The Business Writing Skills course teaches the best practices business people must know to be able to write clear, effective, professional business documents, including e-mail, memos, letters, and reports. It teaches a structured approach to writing that makes writing easier and guides readers through the content. Graduates report that they receive high praise for their writing, and other employees begin to copy their style.

The course contains 12 practice activities and four competency examinations. The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.


Course Time: You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

For a shorter business writing skills course . . . BWC95 Business Writing Essentials - $147

For a more in-depth business writing skills course . . . Explicit Business Writing with Additional Training - $595