Course Description

Want to improve your business English? How about dedicating a week (and because it’s summer, we’ll make that a four-day week) to transforming your writing? Your ability to write lean and persuasive documents that capture the reader’s attention, communicate your message clearly, and convey that you are a careful and respectful communicator is integral to your success. That’s why this boot camp is such a great career and personal investment for anyone who wants to review the basics of good writing. Plan to leave this course with some new skills that will make your writing sparkle.

We start with the basics of grammar and punctuation, move on to style principles, and then review best processes and practices in business correspondence. The class concludes with an examination of some editing tools and techniques, and a review of resources that will help you continue to refine your writing skills.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Apply the rules of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Apply the style principles of dynamic and clear writing
  • Prepare and organize for writing tasks
  • Apply skills reviewed in the workshop to organize, compose, and revise business correspondence (emails, letters, and short reports) effectively
  • Apply key editorial strategies to write more efficiently
  • Apply the Seven Cs of great writing to all their writing projects
  • Use resources provided in class for further improving their written English


In preparation for WRI 112 Boot Camp: The Basics of Good Writing, please read the following excerpts from the required textbook ‘Good Writing Is Good Business’. This reading will take approximately one to two hours. Do not complete any of the exercises as they will be covered in class.

  1. Introduction (pages 1 to 13)
  2. Chapter 8 “Appreciate Grammar: The Language of Language” (pages 130 to 147)
  3. Chapter 9 “Make Peace with Punctuation: Marks and Remarks” (pages 183 to 197)
  4. Chapter 13 “Cut It Out: Concision at Work” (pages 245 to 255)


This course is designed for both average and strong writers. Students whose primary language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.


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9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jul 05, 2021 to Jul 08, 2021
Schedule and Location
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Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $475.00
Reading List / Textbook
Title: Good Writing is Good Business
Edition: 1st
Authors: Margaret Chandler
Publisher: Green Fuse Inc.
ISBN-10: 0995976902
ISBN-13: 9780995976900

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Ebooks available for purchase at: https://goodbusinesswriter.com


Section Notes

Due to the intensive nature of this course there may be pre-work assigned. Your instructor will post this to D2L one week (7 calendar days) before the course start date.

This course will take place every day from Monday, July 5 to Thursday, July 8, 2021 at our downtown campus: 906 - 8 Avenue SW. Information about the Downtown Campus can be found at: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/dtc/.

There will be a half hour lunch break. 

This course is intended for native English speakers or high level second language speakers. Our English language policy can be found at: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/policies/list/english.jsp.  If you are uncertain of your eligibility to register into this course, please call: (403) 220-2866.

Assignments and group work will be required throughout the course duration and a final assignment may be due after the course has ended.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L one week prior to the course start date. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Students are expected to attend all sessions.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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