Business and Technical Writing Skills

Virtual Delivery

June 8 - 11, 2021

Introduction and Background

“The program helped me regain language skills as a foundation in writing for business.” - Joy Dom Ing, Sconlar Canada Ltf

Master the skills of writing with clarity, precision, and accuracy to persuade, inform and build important business relationships. You will learn to quickly analyze any communication piece or situation. The technical writing aspect involves the presentation of scientific and/or field-specific data through both words and graphics for fellow specialists and non-specialist readers. Learn how to write a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation.

This course will help participants write properly organized technical reports and business-writing documents and will aid in streamlining in-house communications while reducing the need for re-writing, repetition, and clarification. The course will help participants improve their ability to write clearly and grammatically, to produce documents appropriate to their intended audience, and to know how to present top-quality and effective documents.

Prior to the course, participants will submit an existing sample or a portion of a business document (1-1.5 pages in length) or technical document (5 - 10 pages in length) and a list of three expectations of the workshop. The facilitator, Dr. Jesse Stothers, will confidentially review these samples and provide feedback to participants in the workshop. 


Course Structure

This course is offered through virtual delivery from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm from June 8 - 11, 2021All participant materials will be sent digitally prior to the course start date including feedback on your written sample piece. 

  • Key Learning Objectives
    “Relevant, engaging and well-presented course material. A great refresher that reminded me to really think about what I am writing and for who.” - Sue Martin, City of Saskatoon
    • Focus on grammar, punctuation, and style to effectively communicate
    • Write concise and effective letters, memos and reports
    • Learn to use an active voice versus passive voice to drive results
    • Explore sentence structure to create well-written documents
    • Learn to use tone properly by creating emphasis 
    • Replace cliches with meaningful, lively phrases
    • Present negative messages positively
    • Make better use of your writing time
    • Explore appropriate styles of writing for specific technical purposes
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of a technical document
    • Develop strategies to successfully communicate technical information to specialists and non-specialists using graphically presented data, executive summaries, and other ways to highlight key information
  • Who Should Attend?

    The course will be of use to anyone at any level within their fields and organizations.

    Individuals who want to improve their written communication skills in areas such as punctuation, grammar, tone, spelling, and sentence structure.

    Business professionals who want to improve written communication skills in reports, summaries, proposals and minutes and learn how to use an active versus passive voice to drive results. 

    Anyone in the scientific, technical, and specialize that involves the need to communicate data in plain language. The course will be of use to anyone at any level within their fields and organizations.

    Anyone in a STEM field that uses written communication within their role.


Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy.

June 8, 2021 to June 11, 2021
8:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Virtual Delivery

Program Fees

$1995 plus GST

Includes course tuition, all teaching materials and personalized feedback.

Registration Deadline

June 1, 2021

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Lukas Cowan

Program Coordinator

t: (306) 966-1749


Instructor Profile

Jesse Stothers, Ph.D.

Dr. Stothers is as a Lecturer in English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his PhD in 2000. Dr. Stothers has studied in Ireland and England and has extensive teaching experience. He has also worked in the fields of publishing and advertising, and he has many years’ experience as a freelance editor and consultant in both the private and public sectors. Dr. Stothers has been teaching business and technical writing for the University of Saskatchewan for over ten years.




University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the course start date. Program transfers within ten (10) business days of the course start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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