Improve Your Business and Report Writing

Course summary

Improve Your Business and Report Writing


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Do you want to improve your reports or other business writing?

Need help with structure or style, succinctness or impact?

Writing is not easy. Especially in the business world, where subjects can be technical, the traditional structure and style is formal, time is against you, and jargon and clichés abound. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

On this one-day course we help make your writing jobs easier, and enable you to write with greater confidence, ideas and impact.

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, and give suggestions for how to avoid them. Then we look at examples of good business writing, exploring why they are effective and what techniques you can use in your writing.

In the session on report writing, we explore the best ways to structure your work and persuade readers. We also run through a simple stepped process to make what can be an arduous task considerably easier, and help you achieve your report writing goals.

You can practice some of the course’s ideas in the writing session after lunch, either working on something you have brought OR the tutor’s exercise. And before you leave we share some handy tools to support and finish off your texts.


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:
What can we learn from good business writing? A boost to your ideas and writing skills.

11.30am    Coffee / Tea

11.45am    Report writing:
What makes a good report? How to plan and write one with ease, which will achieve your goals.

1.00pm    Lunch

2.00pm    Practice writing session:
A chance to try out some of  today’s lessons – in a piece your business writing OR the tutor’s exercise.   

3.20pm    Tea / Coffee

3.50pm    Essential business writing  tools:
How to write with ease and speed. Building a style guide. How to  edit more effectively.

5.00pm    Course disperses


Accommodation is often available in Rewley House for those who wish to stay on the night before a course. Please contact our Residential Centre on 01865 270362 for details of availability and prices.


Tuition fee: £66.50
Baguette lunch: £4.70
Full Meal: £13.50


You may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees if you are in receipt of a state benefit e.g. Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance, (a full list is available on request) or your sole source of income is a DWP State Retirement Pension and Pension Credit. Concessionary fees are limited to 3 courses per academic year and if you are already receiving concessions for weekly classes these will be taken into account. Documentary evidence of your status will be required.
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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.

Dr Mashail Haydar Ali

Director of Studies

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