Improve Your Business and Report Writing

Course details

From £67.00

Sat 17 Nov 2018

Improve Your Business and Report Writing


Writing is not easy. Especially in the business world, where subjects can be technical, the traditional structure and style is formal, jargon and clichés abound, and time is often limited. But it doesn't have to be that way. On this one-day course we examine business and report writing jobs, and look at some of the ways and techniques to write clearly, concisely and with improved confidence.

After discussing the writing challenges you face, we share some of the practical reasons (not grammar, punctuation or spelling etc.) where business writing can go astray – with suggestions for how to avoid them. Then we look at examples of good business writing, exploring why they are effective and some of the techniques you can apply in your writing.

In the session on report writing, we explore issues such as structure, style, clarity and conciseness. And we give ideas for making your reports easier to write, easier to read and better at conveying their purpose.

After lunch there is the chance to practice some of the course's ideas – either working on something you have brought OR the tutor's exercise. And before you leave we give you some handy tools for finalising your text.

Programme details

9.45am            Registration

10.00am          Why business writing goes wrong

                        A look at the common characteristics of business writing,

                        why they occur and how to avoid them.

                        Lessons from good practice

                        A boost to your ideas and writing skills. Practical tips for

                        writing clearly and concisely.

11.15am            Coffee/tea

11.30am           Business and report writing techniques

                        Where and how to start writing.  Learn how to structure

                        and get your messages across.  Choosing an appropriate

                        style and tips for winning reports.

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm           Practice writing session

                        A chance to try out some of today's lessons – in a piece of

                        your business writing OR the tutor's exercise.

3.20pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            Finalising your text

                        How to edit effectively – and other tips, such as writing

                        with ease and speed.    

5.00pm           Course disperses

Recommended reading

  • Bullard, R. Business Writing Tips – For Easy and Effective Results (Perfect Text, 2015).  [This is the course tutor]
  • Fowler, A. How to Write (OUP, 2006)
  • Forsyth, P. How to Write Reports and Proposals (Kogan Page, 2016)
  • Taylor, N. Brilliant Business Writing (Pearson, 2011)


Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Dr Mashail Ali

Director of Studies

Dr Ali is a Departmental Lecturer and Director of Studies in Language and Cultural Studies, OUDCE.

Mr Robert Bullard


Robert Bullard is an Oxford based writer, editor and trainer in writing skills ( He has been helping businesses and individuals with their writing since 2003, drawing on his previous experience as a feature writer for national broadsheet newspapers and websites, including the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. He gives several training courses for the Department of Continuing Education.


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