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Writing workshops developed especially for CSU departments and staff

June 10, 2009

Training and Organizational Development's summer schedule includes free classes designed to refresh and develop writing skills.

Title: Winning at Writing
When: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Mechanics of Business Writing (Part 1),  8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Style and Organization: Writing Effective and Easy-to-Read Workplace Documents (Part 2) - 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Instructor: Sally Robinson, (WorkSmart, USA)

Location: Training & Organizational Development Classroom
Room 129, Johnson Hall

Description: These free workshops are designed to significantly improve the writing abilities of Colorado State employees who lack confidence with basic business writing mechanics, organization, style, and formatting; and will provide a comprehensive refresher on these skills for Colorado State personnel who are experienced writers. The instruction is designed around The Colorado State University Writers Style Guide, which addresses editorial questions specific to the University.

Both workshops are highly interactive and include individual work as well as small and large group exercises. Workbooks provide ample opportunity for practice, contain an answer key, and can be kept as a reference manual for future use. Participants can attend either or both workshops.

The Mechanics of Business Writing (Part 1):  8 a.m. – noon

• Basic grammar rules will be explained and practiced including recognizing and using parts of speech correctly, choosing who/whom stress-free every time, checking for complete sentences, using correct subject-verb agreement and active voice, and formatting lists in parallel structure;

• Punctuation tips and exercises will cover the correct use of capital letters, colons, semicolons, commas, dashes, parentheses, apostrophes, and quotation marks;

• Word choice exercises help participants distinguish between confusing pairs or sets of words;

• Proofreading tips and exercises will help Colorado State employees ensure document accuracy before distribution;

• Spelling tips will help participants catch errors that computerized spell check programs miss.

• A revising and editing checklist is included.

Style and Organization: Writing Effective and Easy-to-Read Workplace Documents (Part 2), 1:30 – 5 p.m.

• Training content will include writing as a problem solving process; idea generation techniques; outlining and organizing; planning, drafting, and revising; writing style and flow; common style mistakes to avoid; and reader-friendly writing and formatting tips.

• The course will also help participants create clear and focused emails, memos, reports, job descriptions, business letters, response letters to customer complaints, meeting records, and informal and formal process change or funding proposals.

• Easy-to-use templates are included for future use.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit: and scroll to select the “Register for Workshops” link; log-in using your e-ID and add the class.

Training and Organizational Development’s class schedules and descriptions for the Summer 2009 sessions and our Event Calendar are available online at:

Training and Organizational Development classes are offered to CSU faculty and staff. If you’d like to join the Training and Organizational Development listserv, or have other questions, please contact Ellen Audley at 491-1376 or

Contact: Ellen Audley
E-mail: Ellen.Audley@ColoState.EDU
Phone: (970) 491-1376