Business Writing Essentials

Precise, persuasive, powerful: Business writing essentials

Whether you want to increase sales, sway sponsors, or encourage colleagues to consider a new perspective—effective communication is crucial.

Are you losing credibility through slapdash sentences, or boring audiences with longwinded language? In business, strong writing is the hallmark of professionalism and essential to standing out. This course will teach you the art of simplicity—improving your powers of persuasion and increasing overall impact. You will learn to structure documents for maximum effect, create memorable key messages, capture readers’ attention, encourage agreement, and incite action. Ideal for experienced professionals working on high-level communication, you’ll see just how much better your approach can be.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • What does clear, precise, and influential writing look like in my field?
    • How can I keep my own communications succinct?
    • What tools will help me develop engaging and memorable messaging?
    • How can I use structure to improve audience reception?
    • What strategies will capture my target audiences’ attention?
    • How should I edit my content for persuasive impact?
    • What practical techniques will ensure agreement and action?
    • How can this knowledge be applied to advanced writing challenges?
  • Should I attend?

    Ideal for experienced professionals working on high level communication and wanting to sharpen the quality of their written work.

  • How will I benefit?

    This course is all about ‘action learning’. To make it as practical as possible, you’ll be encouraged to bring samples of your own business writing into sessions. This will ensure your learning is relevant to your role and have a direct positive impact on your current output. You will leave with a formidable toolkit of techniques, ready to tackle writing challenges of all kinds.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your workplace will gain a business writer with highly developed capabilities, all set to apply newfound expertise to upcoming projects. You’ll also be able to share new strategies and tools with colleagues—improving communication, collaboration, and business outcomes across the board.

    Need customised training for your organisation?

    Contact our team to discuss customising this course to meet your needs.


  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • You will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.
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Enter our online learning space

Your course will be delivered via our virtual learning platform and includes the following:

  • access to online course materials and activities 1 week prior to live virtual learning session
  • online support and interaction with your facilitator and course coordinator
  • live virtual learning sessions with your facilitator
  • further self-learning resources to embed your learning
  • post course evaluation.

You will need:

  • computer or tablet
  • web browser Chrome or Firefox to view your course online
  • webcam, headphones and microphone
  • internet connection (broadband or 4G minimum)
  • notepaper and pen
  • a willingness to participate and engage with the instructor and other course participants
  • if your first language is not English, you must be equipped to demonstrate English Language Proficiency throughout your short course enrolment at a minimum IELTS Level 6.5 in all bands in line with the University of Adelaide’s Minimum English Language Requirements.

Available course dates:

No dates for this course are currently being offered. Please register your interest for future dates by emailing