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Business Writing Toolkit

The Business Writing Toolkit is a 7-module writing course perfect for busy professionals who write at work - from admin staff to business executives.


Good writing skills are vital in the workplace

Good writing creates a good impression of your business, something that helps you win customers and clients in the corporate world. For office managers, good writing gets the intended message across, which means the job gets done. It's as simple as that.

What this course achieves

This course aims to build writing confidence, iron out writing errors and help you create clear, reader-friendly documents.

The course teaches seven key writing skills:

  1. How to plan your business documents
  2. How to make your writing and layout reader-friendly and correct
  3. How to ensure that you present your ideas logically and coherently
  4. How to target your reader/s
  5. How to create a good impact with words and build vocabulary
  6. How to avoid common grammar and punctuation errors
  7. How to master correct business writing style

The course package includes...
  • Personalised feedback on every assignment from a professional business writing tutor.
  • A detailed course manual of seven modules.
  • Access to the online library packed with writing resources.
  • Lifelong access to the course notes, and future upgrades.


“It was a great experience; I have learned a lot. It met all of my objectives and more.”

Rugaya Gamiet, Business Writing Toolkit



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: $ 575.00 GST inclusive
  • Modules: 7 Modules
  • Duration: At your own pace within 14 weeks
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • Basic writing skills are essential
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required



Tutor for this course:

Susan Williams
Susan Williams  is the founder and managing director of Prose&Coms, a communications company that specialises in corporate publications, training and storytelling for strategic, motivational and therapeutic purposes.

Susan also tutors the Writing Coach Course



Course Curriculum

Module 1 - Planning Your Writing

  • Business Writing: What is it?
  • Think Before You Write
  • Plan Before You Write
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Planning exercise
  • Task 2: Writing exercise

Module 2 - The Rules of Plain English

  • What are they Saying?
  • Understand and avoid clichés, jargon and officialese
  • Keep it simple
  • Layout tips for business writers
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Write a paragraph
  • Task 2: Rewrite 15 sentences

Module 3 - Make it Flow: Logic and Writing

  • Simple Sentences and Clear Paragraphing
  • Logical Flow Through Transitions
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Working with Paragraphs
  • Task 2: Create Transitions

Module 4 - Let's Build Vocabulary

  • What are words?
  • Avoiding risky words
  • Improving vocabulary, and understanding how we build up vocabulary
  • Changes in meanings of words
  • Dictionaries and spelling rules
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Spelling
  • Task 2: Using a thesaurus
  • Task 3: Semantics

Module 5 - Eliminating Grammar Gremlins

  • Avoiding grammar gremlins
  • Books for your bookshelf
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Grammar exercise

Module 6- Mastering Punctuation

  • Understand why we use punctuation
  • Gain a sound knowledge of the punctuation rules
  • Know how to use punctuation correctly and effectively
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Correct five examples
  • Task 2: Putting it all together

Module 7- It's All About Style

  • Choosing a voice
  • Use the correct style
Exercises for this module
  • Task 1: Passive to active voice
  • Task 2: Style exercise
  • Task 3: Rewrite a business letter

How does the course work?

Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students.

At the end of each module, students will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete.


Conditions of Certification:


Students will receive an NZ Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all module assignments
  • Students must have attained a minimum of 50% for an exam following completion of the modules
  • The course must be completed within 14 weeks of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course

Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 09 550 4635. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in New Zealand and internationally.

  • If you have questions about how we work, we have information in our FAQ section and How We Train section.
  • If you want to pay off your course fee, please read the information here.
  • For information on our refund policy, please read our policies here.
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Read what past-students say about this course

“It was a great experience I have learned a lot. Thank you Susan for all your help. It met all my objectives and more; it was a very good course.” Rugaya Gamiet, Business Writing Toolkit

“The course was a pleasant experience and introduction into business writing. The material was easy to follow. Susan was an effective tutor. Her feedback was given in a constructive manner that was easy to understand. I found the elements of the course necessary for the professional world.” Samuel Loho, Business Writing Toolkit

“I enjoyed the course. I found it challenging. It forced me to think about the way I communicate in the business world. I found Susan to be very fair and professional. She encouraged me to complete the course. The Writers' College and the Business Writing Toolkit Course is of a very high standard.” Tania Pantony, Business Writing Toolkit Course

"It was a wonderful course that I really enjoyed doing. I may be back for a creative writing course. Susan seems to be excellent with English which I found inspiring. It was a pleasure having her as my tutor." Darienne Hallas, Business Writing Toolkit

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will consider another." Laura Lindique, Business Writing Toolkit

"Just want to say thank you for the great course. I really enjoyed it and it definitely improved my confidence when it comes to business writing." Tamlyn Williams, Business Writing


More Testimonials Here



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