As one course among many offered by the American Management Association's curriculum, How to Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills is designed for current and future managers. Even with the rapid changes in communication technology, writing remains a basic and crucial skill for businesspeople at all levels. In this course, you will learn what constitutes good writing and how you can achieve it through specific and practical strategies.
Beginning with prewriting steps, you will learn how to write for your readers, do research, and organize your material logically. You will learn techniques for forceful, direct, and effective writing; review the basics of grammar and punctuation; and be alerted to common pitfalls and ways to avoid them. Through explanations, examples, checklists, and self-directed exercises, you will practice these techniques, focusing on the types of writing managers do most often—letters, memorandums, proposals, reports, and e-mail. Finally, you will consider some issues that new communication technologies raise for business writers. Because good writers develop their ability through practice, How to Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills is interactive, allowing you to put the suggestions you read to immediate use. In addition, the lists and summaries will serve as a useful reference after you complete the course.
Good business writers know how to communicate information, present and defend their ideas, and persuade others to adopt their point of view. Through this course, you will have the opportunity to join their ranks by learning how to make the written word work for you.
Nan Levinson is a writer and teacher. Her journalism has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and American Way, as well as online and in publications abroad. She was the U.S. correspondent for the international magazine Index on Censorship for eight years and is working on a book about people caught in free speech controversies. In addition, she has published short stories and two cookbooks. Levinson teaches writing at Tufts University and previously taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Bentley College, and Sangamon State