The ability to write effectively is a highly prized professional skill: it plays a key role in successful business planning, strategizing, and development; it facilitates productive relations with internal and external stakeholders; and contributes significantly to the preservation of an organization's professional image and reputation.

Classes focus on developing your ability to draft key business documents—including reports, plans, and proposals—for senior managers, colleagues, clients, business owners, business partners, and investors. You will also engage in several in-class activities that focus on realistic business communication situations and allow for discussion and debate with your peers. Grammar and mechanics will also be covered, along with techniques for honing your style and developing self-editing skills.

These assignments and activities will enable you to create professional and influential business documents using communication strategies to inform, persuade, and motivate others.

Topics Covered

Featured topics include:

  • The writing process: planning, composing, and revising
  • Analyzing your audience
  • Choosing channels and structuring documents for maximum impact
  • Writing in teams
  • Controlling and clarifying your message: grammar, mechanics, self-editing

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to enable you to:

  • Write effective business documents tailored to specific purposes, audiences, and contexts
  • Prepare a variety of business documents (such as proposals, business plans, and reports) using appropriate headings, layout, and format
  • Write business messages that meet readers' informational needs
  • Build goodwill by using direct and indirect written communication strategies
  • Communicate strategically in a variety of business situations
  • Provide rational support for your claims or arguments
  • Collaborate with others to write and edit documents
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation, and mechanics

Applies Towards the Following Programs


Section(s) offered

Section Title
Professional Writing in Business
Language of Delivery
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 23, 2019 to Dec 02, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Downtown, Montreal
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $1,014.80
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 11, 2019 to Sep 30, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Sep 30, 2019 to Dec 02, 2019
Section Notes

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy for Professional Writing in Business (YCCM 208):

  • If you cancel your registration prior to the start date of the course, you will receive a full refund of the course fee.
  • If you cancel your registration prior to the start of the second class, the course fee will be refunded minus a $20.00 cancellation fee.
  • If you withdraw from the course at any time after the start of the second class, no refund will be issued, and a grade of "W" will appear on your McGill Record of Study.
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