Report Writing and Presentation

Do you need to learn how to structure, write and verbally present a professional report, knowing what to leave out and what to include to engage your readers and audience members?

Learn effective report writing and presentation skillsThis course is essential for technical specialists or  managers whose career growth depends on being effective and persuasive as a business report writer.

The course is offered as five distance-learning modules, with a practical component to each module, and a final verbal presentation that has to be done in a work environment and be peer and/or line-management evaluated.

On the course, you will:

  • create a strategy based on proven theories and techniques,
  • plan, organise and write an effective report in good business English,
  • edit your own work effectively
  • deliver a convincing verbal report and,
  • present your written report in a visually attractive way.

In the last two modules you will plan and create a persuasive presentation and learn how to respond appropriately and effectively to critical questions. In addition, you will learn how to self-evaluate and apply evaluative comments from line managers and peers in order to continuously improve your skill.

This is an intensive course aimed at creating value for yourself and your employer on your career path as a manager or subject matter specialist.


“My mentor Susan Williams provided excellent feedback and I learned a lot.... Due to Susan, our company's quarterly newsletter has definitely improved."

Graduate student, Tanja Wijnen



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: $ 995.00 GST inclusive
  • Modules: Introduction and five modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: up to eight months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • There are 15 assignments to be completed.
  • A variety of self-study and reflection tasks
  • Student Feedback
  • Good writing skills are essential
  • You will need feedback from peers or management for your written report and verbal presentation
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required



Tutor for this course:

Susan Williams
Susan Williams  has over 30 years’ experience in business writing and adult education. Susan develops training material, is a constituent training assessor and moderator, a training facilitator and a public speaker. She is also an experienced narrative researcher/facilitator who facilitates storytelling workshops on leadership and team development, business culture and ethics, and interpersonal communication with the aim to create meaningful and ethically responsive  business environments.


Course Curriculum



  • Welcome to the course
  • Outcomes to be achieved
  • Course structure and duration
  • How evaluations will be done

Module 1 - Communication theory and techniques

  • Understand elements of effective and persuasive communication
  • Create a report-writing strategy
  • Plan for a varied audience
  • Research and list legislation and policies
  • Writing assignments

Module 2 - Plan and structure: Writing with purpose

  • Understand attributes and properties of reports
  • Follow a process to plan, organise and structure a report
  • Analyse and evaluate a workplace report
  • Writing assignments

Module 3 - The writing and editing process

  • Apply a seven-step process to collect, collate and complete a business report
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation to avoid common writing errors in writing a report
  • Create a professional, readable and visually attractive report
  • Follow a three-step editing process
  • Writing assignments

Module 4 - From written report to verbal presentation

  • Understand and cornerstones of a presentation in planning a presentation
  • Define various purposes of presentations and plan the correct structure
  • Gather, analyse, organise and deliver technical information meaningfully
  • Use rhetorical devices and elements of persuasion to engage your audience
  • Writing Assignments

Module 5 - Practical presentation and evaluation techniques

  • Effective presentation skills (wow your audience)
  • Use presentation software effectively
  • Think on your feet and respond to questions effortlessly
  • Use techniques to overcome common speech and presentation problems
  • Apply critical thinking and evaluation techniques to continuosly improve
  • Writing assignments


“Susan was very good with feedback....They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks; studying with The Writers College proves that you can. I’ve learnt more in six months than I did in 15 years at school!”

Graduate student, Kim Western-Williams



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 one or two 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 writing assignments
  • The course must have been completed within eight months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Reading time: 10-20 hours depending on your reading speed
  • Writing time: up to 20 hours but will vary depending on the scope of your project

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 studying with Susan:

“The course has inspired me to become a better writer. With awareness comes opportunity; effort makes it possible. The effort I put in was reflected in my results and I feel my journey is just beginning. I enjoyed my contact with Susan, I believe her personal anecdotal comments brought the course to life and I responded positively to this approach. After having done the course, I am more aware of what I don't know, and I realise the effort I need to put in to achieve my goals. The Writers’ College is a professional provider of writing courses and I am fortunate to have benefited from their service. I have recommended it to others and will continue to do so.” Sheryl Nelley, Writing Coach Course

“My experience at The Writers’ College was very positive. The course was very enjoyable and a useful experience; it helped me identify gaps in my writing. The course was all about tutor-student interaction; a very positive tutor-student relationship was created which allowed me to experiment and grow. The course absolutely met my objectives; some of the assignments were perhaps a bit too easy, but all in all the general experience was a positive one. The administrative interactions were efficient and the electronic medium was extremely useful. The Writers’ College has mastered online courses and I'd recommend them to anyone who would like to improve their writing skills while not being bound to attend lectures.” Sanchia Lubbe, Writing Coach Course

“I enjoyed doing the course a lot; I'm more confident now with my English writing. English is not my first language. I wanted to try something different to improve my writing, vocabulary and even grammar skills and this course absolutely met my objectives. My tutor was always very clear and respectful with her comments. The course was fun, challenging and I learnt a lot.” Helena Cuesta, Writing Coach Course

“Wonderful encounter, eye opener. My tutor was scrupulous and motivational. I see the college as the best in the field it has chosen to specialize in.” Bongile, Writing Coach Course

“Susan quickly got me out of my shell and helped me enjoy every minute of the writing process. The course opened my eyes and gave me confidence to pursue this dream.” Wanda van der Wath, Writing Coach Course

“I believe what made the course work for me was Susan. She helped me a great deal and was encouraging and motivational at all times. The feedback was great and you could see that time was taken in the assessment and feedback. As one can see from my feedback, I really enjoyed the course.” Allan Spear, The Writing Coach Course

“I was extremely happy with all the materials and course content. Susan is a wonderful lecturer: her feedback was always constructive, informative, kind and insightful. She is also very approachable, open and supportive. She is absolutely the best. I learnt more than I ever dreamed I would.” Theresa de Beer, Writing Coach Course


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We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice. Work one-to-one with a professional writer and realise your writing dreams.



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