IPAA WA Training Public Sector Perth

Advanced Writing Skills

Institute of Public Administration Australia WA

Event outline

Overview

In this workshop you’ll learn how to build on what you know to transform basic writing skills into expertise. You’ll get an advanced toolkit for clear and effective writing and gain confidence in taking a fresh approach. Before the session you are invited to submit a sample of a current writing task—at the workshop you’ll get feedback and guidelines for reworking and editing it. During the session you will work on a sample of your current writing — you’ll get feedback and advice from Alan Hancock to help you rework and edit it. This is an opportunity for you to apply to your own writing what you have learned in the workshop.

Still not sure? Try this little quiz to find out what you really know about grammar and writing basics.

Course Content

This is a hands-on practical workshop with individual and team writing exercises. You’ll get expert feedback on your writing and advice on how to identify and overcome the challenges you face. You’ll learn how to critique and edit your own work and that of other people. By the end you’ll see major improvements in your writing skills that you can take back to your workplace.

  • Practical steps to enhance your credibility and reputation when your writing goes into the public domain.
  • Understanding and putting into practice the new rules for formality and informality in professional writing.
  • Tone and style—writing clear, unambiguous and positive text in tricky situations.
  • What to bear in mind when you write for the screen rather than the page.
  • How to avoid numerous and time-consuming revisions.
  • How to identify and focus on your reader’s needs.
  • Using words to convince and persuade.
  • Advanced sentence structure—parallelism, paradox and more.
  • When and how to use technical language.
  • Punctuation—some straightforward techniques that will lift the level of your writing.
  • Using the Australian Government Style Manual and Web Publishing Guide.
  • How to apply Maslen’s S.M.A.R.T. rules to write effective correspondence

Course Outcomes

  • Produce high quality documents across a variety of platforms
  • Understand and respond to the demands of writing for the screen as opposed to the printed page
  • Can help colleagues use shared criteria to rewrite and edit their work
  • Can adapt style and register to create documents for a range of readers.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Reduce time that managers spend editing and rewriting documents produced by their team
  • Create a shared understanding of what constitutes good writing
  • Project a consistently professional image through written material
  • Employees can work independently to create high quality documents for both print and digital media and for a range of readers.

Benefits to you

  • Increased ability to work independently
  • Increased confidence in writing and editing skills
  • Increased productivity in all aspects of writing and editing.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course attendees should be able to:

  • write a first draft quickly and confidently
  • rewrite and edit their work without supervision
  • create documents that engage readers
  • use reader-centred strategies in order to communicate effectively in writing

Benefits to your organisation

  • reduce time that managers spend editing and rewriting documents produced by their team
  • create a shared understanding of what constitutes good writing
  • project a consistently professional image through written material

Benefits to you

  • increased ability to work independently
  • increased confidence in writing and editing skills
  • increased productivity in all aspects of writing and editing

Dates & registration

Wed 25 Mar 2020 Perth (Metro)

Time:
9:00 am start to 12:30 pm close
Venue:
Perth CBD
Costs:
Member - $340.00 Non-Member -$445.00 Corporate Member -$375.00
Register at:
Contact:

Ines Elloy
93601400
training@ipaawa.org.au

Fri 5 Jun 2020 Perth (Metro)

Time:
9:00 am start to 12:30 pm close
Venue:
Perth CBD
Costs:
Member - $340.00 Non-Member -$445.00 Corporate Member -$375.00
Register at:
Contact:

Ines Elloy
93601400
training@ipaawa.org.au

Provider information

Western Australia's Institute of Public Administration is a not-for-profit professional association for the public sector. We offer opportunities for sharing and learning through our range of events, training courses and networking opportunities.
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