Writing is at the heart of what government does and is a critically important skill for public servants. Participants will receive a comprehensive overview of the key principles, techniques and skills required to produce effective and quality writing in the government setting.

Participants will undertake a series of practical exercises that will allow them to put these skills and insights into practice and will gain the confidence to put these techniques into practice in the workplace.  The overall primary purpose pf this workshop is to equip participants with the skills required to write clear, concise, effective government documents in an efficient and professional manner.

  • Ensure adherence to current government writing conventions
  • Understand the principles that underpin effective writing, so you can raise the quality and impact of your written work
  • Clarify your purpose and audience for writing
  • Select an appropriate tone that aligns with your message
  • Implement techniques for writing clearly and concisely
  • Plan and structure your writing to communicate more effectively and save time
  • Proofreading tips and techniques
  • Characteristics of effective government writing
  • Government writing conventions
  • Techniques for concise and clear writing
  • Objectives for writing
  • Knowing your audience
  • Adopting an appropriate tone
  • Active and passive voice
  • Jargon and slang
  • Redundant words and expressions
  • Positive versus negative language
  • Planning your writing for emails/reports/proposals
  • Structuring your sentences/paragraphs

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