Writing at Work

How to write clearly, effectively and professionally

Neil James
AUD $35.00

Based on workshops developed by the Plain English Foundation, this is a practical, well-tested manual for anyone who needs to get it right the first time when they're writing reports, tenders, letters and other documents at work.

Effective writing is a key to professional success. Would you rather read this?

It is incumbent upon management to display appropriate behaviour and verbalise what is consistent with the messages that are being conveyed via your business communication methodologies.

Or this?

As a manager, you should always demonstrate the communication methods of your business.

Getting your message across clearly and persuasively can make all the difference to your career. Whether you work in government or law, business or finance, engineering or IT, the chances are that writing takes up a fair part of your day. But in every workplace, even the best ideas can fail if you cannot communicate clearly.

Writing at Work gives you a practical toolbox to write more effective submissions, reports, letters, emails and memos. Whether you need help with planning a document, structuring the text, selecting the right tone or reviewing the final product, this book has the practical tools to achieve your writing goals.

Neil James has road-tested his methods in writing workshops with thousands of professionals. He uses actual workplace examples to show how the principles of effective writing work in practice. Writing at Work offers a systematic method for professionals at all levels to make their writing clear, efficient and effective.

'Businesses are beset by their own bad writing, which bewilders and baffles their internal and external customers. Readers crave clarity and brevity. This excellent book shows how to give them what they want.'
Martin Cutts, author of The Oxford Guide to Plain English

'If you write at work, this book is for you. It bristles with practical ideas - your letters, reports and memos will never read the same again!'
Peter Butt, Professor of Legal Writing, University of Sydney

Author bio:

Neil James is Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation in Australia, which combines plain English training, editing and evaluation with a public campaign for clearer language usage.

Category: Writing & Language
ISBN: 9781741752182
Table Of Contents: Introduction


1. Readers

2. Content

3. Structure


4. Focus

5. Persuasion

6. Coherence

7. Design


8. Tone

9. Grammar

10. Words

11. Clutter

12. Verbs

13. Sentences


14. Punctuation

15. Style

16. Editing

17. Proofing

Further reading

Chapter notes


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2007
Page Extent: 384
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Language