Writing is at the heart of what government does and is a critically important skill for public servants. This course introduces participants to ministerial correspondence and briefings, parliamentary questions, annual reporting and other writing outputs. Updated for 2020, participants will receive a comprehensive overview of the key principles, techniques and skills required to produce effective and quality writing in the government setting. Participants will undertake a series of practical exercises that will allow them to put these skills and insights into practice and will gain the confidence to put these techniques into practice in the workplace.
- Types of writing required for government and why good writing is important
- The principles of good writing, including:
- preparation and planning
- clarity, conciseness and coherence
- revision and editing
- Approach and style and how to choose the right one for each type of writing task
- Formatting and templates
- Review and edit writing examples to improve readability and comprehension.
- Examine a range of types of government writing including: Parliamentary questions; reports; policy writing, writing for the web, business cases; and briefing notes.
- Review and critique examples of ministerial letters responding to correspondence from members of the public and prepare draft ministerial letters.
- Prepare a dot point briefing note
- Draft a parliamentary question
The participants’ course workbook contains activities, resources and templates to take away for future reference.
By the end of this course attendees should be able to:
- Understand the importance of good writing skills to your role
- Understand the principles and keys that underpin good writing, so they can raise the quality and impact of their written work
- Be able to identify the right approach and style to apply to writing in a government context, so as to produce the right type of writing for each situation
- Have developed the improved understanding and confidence to continue to improve their writing skills.
Benefits to your organisation
- Your manager will not be spending time editing or returning your work to be rewritten, resulting in increased productivity for you and your manager
- Your documents will better represent your agency and your Minister
Benefits to you
- You will have the insight and skills to improve your writing skills immediately
- You will become an effective writer with the capacity for continual improvement of your writing
- You will be familiar with a wide range of government writing requirements
- You will be able to apply your knowledge and highly transferable skills to the range of government writing tasks.