Illinois Tech Office of Professional Development Offering One-Day Business Writing Workshop

Illinois Tech’s Office of Professional Development is offering a one-day Business Writing Workshop on Thursday, August 23 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois.

The typical business professional spends a large amount of their 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 to be able to immediately apply the newly obtained skills to the job. The workshop includes exercises, strategies, and case studies for participants to learn, solve and then apply to their own situations. It is designed to improve the participants’ skills in business writing, including memos, reports, letters, and proposals. Participants 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 be of benefit to all professionals who wish to improve their written communication skills. This program is is ideal for people who are in both non-technical and technical fields—managers, employees, customers, engineers, regulatory agencies, lawyers, stockholders, etc.

Workshop objectives:

  • 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 when writing
  • 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 in this workshop are:

  • Assess your writing style
  • Prepare a draft cue outline
  • Apply tips for writing efficiency and time management
  • Evaluate letters and reports for improvement
  • Edit your own personal letters and reports using the information from the workshop
  • Use the 10 major “C”s of good writing
  • Complete exercises on grammar and punctuation


​Dan Tomal, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, professor, and consultant. He has written 21 books and more than 200 technical reports, studies, and articles. He has taught communications atIllinois Institute of Technology for 15 years and has consulted for numerous companies. He has testified before the United States Congress and made guest appearances on CBS This Morning, NBC Cover to Cover, ABC News, Chicago Talks, Tom Snyder, and CNBC.

Register hereContact Mary LaFleur at 630.682.6030 or with any questions. The cost of the workshop is $395 per person and lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided.

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