Writing for Work - NEW!

Business Development

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The course centers around the premise that successful business outcomes depend on effective, clear communication. When our text is coherent, accurate and engaging our customers, business partners and the wider communities we serve, will feel respected, engaged and motivated to work with us.

Participants will bring to the course a current work document. They will be led through a series of hands on, practical tasks designed to build skill and confidence with the writing process. Participants will apply what they learn to their own documents during the course.


This course is useful for anyone wanting to improve their business writing skills.


  • Write for readers - how to identify target audience need and meet expectations
  • Measure twice, cut once - how to research, plan and seek clear direction before writing for efficient time management
  • Sentence structure basics - how to write grammatically correct, successful sentences every time
  • Punctuation  matters - why paying attention to the small stuff matters - refreshing the basics
  • Style and tone - genre theory and language coding basics, which tone and style works best across which range of text formats
  • Complexity to simplicity - how to master the challenge of communicating technical, specialist information for non-specialists
  • Precision and concision - how to create a sense of urgency and dynamism to motivate and engage your readers
  • Cohesion and logic - how to build sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into whole documents without losing coherence


One day


Morag MacTaggart from Dunedin

In 2014 Morag was approached by a manager from one of Dunedin's larger companies. The company had a problem that was costing their organisation valuable time and money

"I can't understand what my team is saying. I seem to spend all my time seeking further information, proof-reading and editing. Can you help?"

Since then Morag has gone on to run workshops and courses for workplace writers from all backgrounds, levels of education and skill sets, from senior managers to staff that spend the majority of their day in the field.

With over twenty years' English teaching experience, Morag is an accomplished education professional. Her lively, no nonsense approach with plenty of laughter thrown in, breaks down barriers creating a constructive learning environment. From here, real skill building and most importantly, change can take place.

Course Dates

Dunedin 05 July 2019 09:00 am - 04:30 pm OSEA, 16 McBride Street, Dunedin
Dunedin 30 August 2019 09:00 am - 04:30 pm OSEA, 16 McBride Street, South Dunedin


$ 630.00 + GST for members
$ 895.00 + GST for non-members

NZTE Voucher

This workshop has qualified the NZTE Capability Development voucher programme
Regional Business Partner Network event reference OSEA1003

Small and medium size businesses may qualify for vouchers to help pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers. Approved businesses will receive a voucher for up to 50% of the course investment fee.

For more information on the NZTE Capability Development voucher programme or to find your local Regional Business Partner please visit nzte.govt.nz


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