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Professional Writing and Digital Communications

  • Strengthens the power of your message
  • Provides practice in delivering presentations across digital platforms
  • Focuses on business communications

Today’s business environment requires communication that is clear, persuasive, and dynamic. These courses will teach you to write emails, memos, brochures, and reports; deliver presentations in-person and online; and represent your personal and/or your company’s brand effectively across digital platforms. Learn techniques to adapt your message for specific audiences and delivery mediums. Develop skills to make storytelling an effective part of all forms of business communication. Learn more about the Certificate in Effective Business Writing.

This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Ultimate Crash Course in Public Speaking

Master the vital skill of public speaking and develop techniques to overcome performance anxiety, all within two class sessions.

2020 Fall
1 section

Podcasting, Radio Reporting, and Storytelling

If you want to create a podcast or work in radio, learn everything you need to get started in this beginner’s workshop.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Grammar Review Crash Course

Come away from this class with a better understanding of grammar and improved confidence in your writing.

2020 Fall
1 section

Present Your Best Self: From Virtual Meetings to Webinars

Learn to project your best self when speaking online with colleagues, clients, and hiring managers.

2020 Fall
1 section

Strategic Communications and Corporate Storytelling

Learn to craft compelling narratives that match the tone and intentions of a company, brand, or communication campaign.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing Skills: Nailing the Basics

Explore both the theory and practice of writing well, and gain confidence in your writing skills.

2020 Fall
1 section

A Career in Copyediting: Freelancing Is the New Black

Hone both your copyediting skills and your professionalism, and receive expert advice on how to get hired at either a magazine or book publisher.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Creating a Narrative Podcast

Acquire the training to launch your own story-driven podcast series, and leave the course with your own 15- to 20-minute pilot.

2020 Fall
1 section

Fundamentals of Storytelling

Explore the basic elements of story, and apply them to your writing for more dynamic content, whether for novels or résumés.

2020 Fall
1 section

Mastering English Grammar

Review the eight principal parts of speech, and gain an understanding of how they work together syntactically to form sentences.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Writing for Fundraising: Grant Proposals and Case Statements

Learn how to create a viable communication strategy for a nonprofit organization—a necessity for fundraising program success.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing with Power: Gaining a Professional Edge

Take your business writing to the next level, gaining skills for improving the style and increasing the impact of your professional communication.

2020 Fall
1 section

Digital Storytelling, Innovation, and Fundraising

Learn to leverage digital platforms to effectively raise awareness about a cause, diversify fundraising, and innovate to become more relevant.

2020 Fall
1 section

Multimedia Storytelling

Receive a comprehensive overview of multimedia storytelling and gain practical experience in all facets of digital story production.

2020 Fall
1 section

Social Media for Storytellers

As a creative professional, learn to harness the power of social media with easily executed strategies and tactics.

2020 Fall
1 section

10 Steps to a More Dynamic Voice

Master new voice techniques to convey confidence in your voice—and achieve success in your career.

2020 Fall
1 section

Grammar Master Class: Better Sentences for Better Writing

Elevate your writing, whether professional or creative, by breaking bad writing habits and learning new strategies.

2020 Fall
1 section

Professional Writing: Content, Purpose, and Audience

This foundational course introduces critical practices of professional writing, focusing on common documents across digital and traditional formats.

2020 Fall
1 section

Sharpening Your Presentation and Speech Skills

Learn how to hold an audience’s attention by developing an individual public speaking style.

2020 Fall
1 section

Speak Up! Public Speaking Without Fear

Overcome the fear of public speaking with tried-and-true strategies that desensitize your fears and help you to perform well in spite of them.

2020 Fall
1 section

Technical Writing

Learn how to write technical information for a range of audiences, from specialized professionals to unspecialized laypeople.

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Writing and Grammar in the Real World

Learn how to overcome basic grammar and usage problems, whether writing for work or for fun.

2020 Fall
1 section

Communicating Leadership and Power in Public Speaking

Have all elements of your communication persona are evaluated, exercised, challenged, and upgraded, transforming you into a speaker with power.

2020 Fall
1 section

Microaggressions and Racial Stress: Reducing Harmful Interactions

Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.

2020 Fall
1 section

Global Presentations: Words, Images, and Data

Build the knowledge, skills, and oral proficiency to organize and participate in global presentations, including reports, negotiations, and pitches.

Networking Effectively to Develop Strong Business Relationships

Gain tools to help you network professionally, whether you’re pursuing an internship, a first job, a new job, or a career change.

Professional Writing in a Global Workplace

Learn professional communication skills for a global audience, whether you’re fluent in English or still learning.

Speaking Impromptu: Never Sound Unprepared Again (Even If You Are)

This course is designed to help you develop poise, clarity, and a sense of ease with impromptu speaking.

Speaking Mindfully

Learn mindfulness techniques and develop skills to be present, prepared, focused, and relaxed when giving talks and speeches.

Virtual Networking: Fostering Professional Relationships in a Virtual World

Gain new methods, strategies, and increased confidence to expand your network in a virtual world.

Writing and Leadership

Practice core business writing skills, and work to evaluate and communicate a professional identity internally and externally.

Writing for Self-Promotion and Performance Coaching

Develop the habits of using workplace writing as a tool for self-promotion, professional development, and performance coaching.

Communication Strategies for Leading with Diversity, Inclusion, and Allyship

Learn how to lead inclusive meetings, hold conversations on race and gender, avoid microaggressions, and become an ally in the workplace.

Digital Communication in a Changing Workplace

Obtain writing and editing skills that will make you an adaptable communicator via any medium and in any situation that may arise in the workplace.

How to ASK in the Most Challenging Times

Learn the right words and modes of communication to ask successfully for your philanthropic endeavor, even in challenging times.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling, Innovation, and Fundraising: Intensive in Fundraising

Examine how technology and the Internet are changing fundraising practices and how to apply these tools successfully at your nonprofit.

Writing Clinic for Global Professionals

Gain the techniques to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of your technical writing—whether in business, economics, finance, or law.

You've Finished the Book--Now What? Guidance and Strategies for Becoming a Published Author

Learn from two veteran literary agents how to navigate the publishing landscape to publish your book without confusion or intimidation.