Business Writing Workshop Offered at Rice Campus this Summer

The Office of Professional Development is offering a one-day Business Writing Workshop on Wednesday, July 17 at Rice Campus in Wheaton. Seats are limited!

The typical business professional spends a large amount of time writing emails, proposals, performance reviews, procedures, recommendations, reports, and other communications. The importance of effective writing in the modern world of e-business continues to grow, yet surprisingly, few seek to improve their business writing skills.

The objective of this workshop is for participants to be able to immediately apply newly obtained skills to the job. The workshop includes exercises, strategies, and case studies for the participants to learn and solve, and then apply to their own situations. It is designed to improve the participants’ skills in business writing—memos, reports, letters, and proposals. Participants will learn how to avoid common errors, conceptualize ideas, develop successful first drafts, edit letters, and communicate effectively and efficiently.

Who Should Attend

This workshop will benefit all professionals who wish to improve their written communication skills. This program is ideal for anyone—people in both non-technical as well as technical fields—such as managers, employees, customers, engineers, regulatory agencies, lawyers, stockholders, and others.

Workshop Objectives

The Business Writing Workshop objectives will help you:

  • Construct well-organized, clear, and concise letters, reports, and other correspondence
  • Develop skills in grammar, sentence structure, language, tone, and style
  • Develop skills in planning, organizing, and editing business writing
  • Speed up the writing process when writing business documents
  • Organize your ideas and conclusions coherently when writing
  • Develop a professional, reader-friendly written style
  • Expand your range of language when writing business documents
  • Edit your own and others’ business writing more effectively
  • Improve the presentation of your business writing

Other topics and activities included are:

  • Assessing your writing style
  • Preparing a draft cue outline
  • Applying tips for writing efficiency and time management
  • Evaluating letters and reports for improvement
  • Editing personal letters and reports
  • Using the 10 major “C’s” of good writing
  • Completing exercises on grammar and punctuation


​Dan Tomal is an award-winning author, professor, and consultant. The author of 21 books and more than 200 technical reports, studies, and articles, Tomal has taught communications at Illinois Tech for more than 15 years and has consulted for numerous companies. He has testified before the United States Congress and has made guest appearances on CBS This Morning, NBC Cover to Cover, ABC News, Chicago Talks, Tom Snyder, and CNBC. Tomal received a Ph.D. in administration and supervision from Bowling Green State University, and an M.A. in industrial technology and a B.S. in industrial education from Ball State University.


Illinois Institute of Technology
Rice Campus
201 East Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189

Workshop Fee

$395 per person

This workshop awards .55 Continuing Education Units (CEU).


Questions? Please contact Mary LaFleur at or 630.682.6030.