Advanced public sector writing

One-day workshop for experienced writers who want to improve their public sector writing skills

Did you think you were a good writer until you started working in government? Did you get good marks at school? Maybe you’ve been to university or even written a PhD? But at work in the government you are endlessly re-writing your documents and having trouble working out the rules?

This highly practical course assumes you have good writing skills but need to know the secret of adapting to government writing. You will be working with a facilitator who has extensive experience of writing in government as well as the private sector and who understands the differences. There are no pre-requisites for this course. It assumes you are working in local, state or national government and that you want to develop your writing skills and adapt them to government.

You’ll learn how to:

  • understand why writing goes wrong
  • analyse government audiences in depth
  • identify purpose
  • write persuasively
  • use effective influencing techniques
  • plan for a clear, logical structure
  • use the kind of language needed in government writing
  • understand how people read and process information
  • write more quickly
  • write more concisely.

After doing this course, you will:

  • understand where your writing goes wrong and why
  • have tools to help you adapt your writing to government audiences
  • be able to identify and target your audience
  • use words, structure and presentation to make your writing more persuasive
  • plan quickly, write quickly, edit slowly
  • get results from your writing
  • know where to go for more help with writing.

During this course, you feel a great sense of relief that you are a good writer—you just didn’t know all the rules and no one had told you.

If you would like to find out more about Advanced public sector writing, or to make a booking, contact me here.