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Winning at Writing workshop designed around CSU's Writer's Style Guide

July 9, 2009

Winning at Writing workshops offered to faculty and staff by Training and Organizational Development, provide comprehensive information on basic business writing mechanics, organization, style, and formatting skills.

Winning at Writing

Date: Wednesday, July 15
Instructor: Sally Robinson, (WorkSmart, USA)
Location: Training & Organizational Development Classroom, Room 129, Johnson Hall

  • 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.

Course Description

This free course is designed around the Colorado State University Writer's Style Guide, which addresses editorial questions specific to the University. This training provides a comprehensive refresher for experienced writers on basic business writing mechanics, organization, style, and formatting skills, and improve the writing abilities of Colorado State employees with less experience.

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)
July 15, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• 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)
July 15, 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 e-mails, 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 required

These classes are free, and 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 information and Event Calendar can be accessed online at Training includes: CSU Business Applications, Building Proctor Development, University New Employee Orientation (UNEO), and classes offered to explore and improve communication, leadership, supervisory skills, and personal effectiveness.

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 (970) 491-1376 or Ellen.Audley@ColoState.EDU.

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