Make your point! Learn practical techniques to improve your ability to influence and achieve results through clear and effective writing – whether you are drafting a technical report, a strategy paper, or a professional email.
This five-week online course is designed to enhance the ability of staff to effectively draft a variety of documents through increased sensitivity to language, structure, and content.
This five-week online course is designed to enhance the ability of staff to effectively draft a wide variety of documents through increased sensitivity to language, structure and content. Participants will be exposed to a variety of techniques for drafting documents that are adapted to the audience and have impact.
The course introduces an innovative learning approach. All participants will follow two webinars, during which effective document drafting skills applicable to any type of documents will be explained. After these initial two weeks, upon which participants will have a clearer vision of their learning priorities, they will have two options for the remaining three weeks.
They can either decide to follow a “General writing skills” path, mostly focusing on drafting, reviewing and managing daily communications, such as emails. Or they can decide to follow the “Report writing skills” path. Participants CANNOT follow both paths, but have to follow one.
The course is delivered by Brett Shapiro, professional writer and journalist with significant experience as editor for UN system organizations.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:
This course is delivered entirely online. It combines live webinar sessions, led by subject expert, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions.
The weekly instructor-led webinars are conducted in the Zoom online platform. Participants need a computer (or mobile device), a reliable internet connection and either headset with microphone to connect to the audio through the computer, or a telephone. We recommend accessing audio through the computer. No special software is required; but participants must be able to access Zoom. We will send instructions for Zoom access to registered participants and recommend that you download the application and test your access in advance.
The self-paced components and discussion forum for each week of the course are designed and structured on UNKampus, UNSSC’s Learning Platform.
Depending on the path you decide to follow, webinars will take place from 2:30 – 4:30 Rome Time, (8:30 am – 10:30 am New York Time) on Mondays (General writing skills path) or Tuesdays (Report writing skills path).
Approximate time commitment to fully participate in this course (completing pre-work, attending webinars, forum discussions, etc.) is 4-6 hours per week (2-4 hours preparation + 2 hours of webinar).
Week 1 (all participants) - Effective document drafting I: process and getting started.
Week 2 (all participants) – Effective document drafting II: the linguistic jungle.
General writing skills path – Composition of emails.
Report writing skills path – Dense, denser, densest.
General writing skills path – Getting it right.
Report writing skills path – Beyond text: structure, format and graphics.
General writing skills path – Reviewing your work and basic email etiquette.
Report writing skills path – Revising and refining your work.
All UN personnel (Professional and General Service staff) at headquarters and field locations.
The course fee of $1,000 covers full participation in the online course.