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Essential Writing Skills Workshop for Civil Servants

15th January 2019

Understand and practise all the key skills for successful written communication in the Civil Service and beyond

Learning Objectives

  • Learn and practise some useful structural frameworks for writing persuasive English
  • Learn and practise how to structure a proposal or argument most effectively
  • Understand the importance of clarity, plain English, how to avoid jargon and how to be helpful in your writing, and apply it in practice sessions
  • Understand and practise the key principles of how to summarise effectively

Programme

9:15
Registration and Refreshments
9:45
Trainer’s Welcome and Introduction
10:00
Session One
Discover useful templates and frameworks for written documents
Exercise
Spot and correct common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
11:15
Morning Coffee
11:30
Session Two
Learn the skills to develop a logical approach to your proposition or argument
Learn how to anticipate and counter objections and other points of view
Exercise: Drafting Letters for Ministers
Practise the key components of an effective written document which requires action by its reader
12:45
Lunch
13:45
Session Three
Understand the importance of using plain English in your written work.
Understand the importance of language, style and tone
Understand the importance of sounding helpful, human and empathetic, and how to bear in mind political sensitivities
Exercise: Writing for an External Audience
Practise how to communicate essential information in a concise and clear manner, and how to create impact in your writing
15:00
Afternoon Tea
15:15
Session Four
Learn how to read thoroughly and accurately
Learn how to summarise wide ranging discussions and documents, keeping to the relevant issues
Exercise: Drafting Minutes of Meetings and Phone Calls
Practise how to write an executive summary
16:15
Final Questions, Feedback and Discussion
16:45
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

“I would highly recommend this session! The trainer was brilliant. All sessions work at pace that was clear, easy to follow and understand. Thank you!”

Shantel Prince (BEIS)

“Very well run, friendly and insightful”

Matt Forster (BEIS)

“Very useful, interactive and enjoyable. Thank you”

Zara Yates-Vanhorne (Westminster City Council)