Better Writing Skills Professional; Short Course | Nottingham Trent University
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Better Writing Skills

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

  • Start Date(s): 8 October 2024
  • Duration: Tuesday 8 October 2024, 10am-4pm (one day)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements: More information


Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would be £195.

On this course you’ll learn how to win over your audience with the right words. It’s ideal for anyone that would like to write more confidently - instead of fearing it!

It’s equally useful if you’re regularly writing reports, presentations and project briefs and would like to develop your writing skills to influence others.

With a limited number of places on the course, you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your skills at home or work.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"I wanted to improve my professional writing skills and now I know how to write better emails for business use."

"I did the course to improve my writing skills, refresh my formal writing knowledge and have taken away a better understanding of how to structure my writing for maximum impact. I enjoyed doing group exercises and focusing on being concise, as I struggle to identify my point sometimes"

"I think the course was balanced and well planned. I enjoyed the creative writing aspects and have taken away from the course more professionalism, writing skills and how to do structured writing."

"Thank you, I enjoyed the course! I wanted to improve my knowledge, skills and techniques and I've taken away a greater knowledge and application of writing reports and tailoring writing to the audience"

"Enjoyed all of it and taken away lots; persuasive / informative styles and writing for a variety of different audiences. Improved my writing skills and introduced to bid writing"

What you’ll study

This course is designed to help you communicate effectively.

It’ll provide an understanding of how to write important or technical information in a way that can be read by a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences.

During this course you will:

  • learn how to get started writing
  • consider the importance of different audiences and their varying needs
  • practice writing in the correct tone, balancing professionalism with personality
  • understand how to get your readers’ attention to get the message across
  • plan how to best structure your writing to make the biggest impact
  • identify the use of jargon, acronyms, abbreviations and initials
  • discover how to use illustrations effectively
  • work on your timing and targeting your audience
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

The course is delivered through workshops and group discussions, classroom activities and real-life examples.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a piece of writing in development and the skills to continue writing effectively in the future.

You’ll also receive a certificate of attendance when you complete the course, which is a great way to enhance your CV.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Contact hours

Tuesday 8 October 2024, 10am-4pm (one day)

Tutor profile: Becky Cullen

Becky teaches and manages at Nottingham Trent University.

She has delivered leadership training courses for managers.

She’s particularly skilled in giving feedback; her delegates achieve a great deal in a short time, surprising themselves with the level and range of their writing.

Becky was Poet-in-Residence at Newstead Abbey, and she has published two books of poetry. She is the presenter of Notts TV Book Club: Notts TV Book Club - Notts TV News | The heart of Nottingham news coverage for Notts TV.

Entry requirements

No previous writing experience or presentation skills are required to access this course.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield. To check if your home or work postcode is eligible visit the Enterprising Ashfield postcode checker page.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

If you live or work outside the eligible postcode area, you can join our fee-paying Writing Skills course delivered on the City Campus.

How to apply

Click to here apply.

If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.