The course contains the essential training provided in BWC210 Business Writing Skills, but with no practice activities, fewer lessons, and one less writing examination for instructor feedback and coaching. The course teaches the essential 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 instructor evaluates three writing examinations. As with all other Business Writing Center courses, you have unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions during the course. The instructor evaluates the competency examinations and coaches you through learning skills.
If you take this course with BWC85 Basic Grammar Essentials to give you grammar training along with the writing training, the tuition is reduced to $225 for both. Click here to go to the page describing the registration for both BWC85 and BWC95.
You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to two months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. If you take BWC95 and BWC85 together, you have a total of four months to complete the two courses.
Course ContentLetter and Memo Formats
- Use a standard letter format.
- Use a standard memo format.
- Prepare notes for your email, memo, letter, or report.
- Organize the document
- Organize the notes.
- For emails and memos, always write a clear, meaningful subject line.
- For letters, use a "Subject" or "Re" line if your company customarily uses it.
- Write a clear, complete introduction.
- For e‑mails, letters, and memos, write a cordial beginning or buffer.
- State the contents of the document.
- Write the explanations in blocks.
- Keep explanations of a subject together in one block.
- Check each block for focus.
- Check each block for completeness.
- Open each block with a statement of the contents.
- Use headings to open blocks.
- Practice writing the thesis, generalizations, and headings.
- Create lists.
- Open list blocks.
- Mark the list items clearly.
- Keep list items in a single list.
- Keep list items in the same format.
- Use information blueprinting to be explicit.
- Use keywords consistently.
- Use full phrases to define words clearly.
- Use paragraphs to organize information.
- Write concisely.
- Combine sentences to show relationships. Separate sentences to make them clearer.
- Write clear, simple, straightforward sentences.
- Write strong, direct sentences.
- Prepare a Polished, Correct Final Draft
- Use your spell checker and grammar checker.
- Format the e‑mail to be readable.