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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Public sector writing skills

Half-day short course


5th September 2017


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy



This course covers the rules of English usage, the principles of style, commonly misused words, and skills in the valuable art of communicating succinctly.

Course overview

Written communication often provides clients and stakeholders with their ‘first impression’ of your staff and your organisation. In addition, written material can be a record of communication and may be kept and referred to in the future for a variety of reasons including contractual negotiations, Freedom of Information requests, or legal matters. Therefore, it remains vital that people have and maintain strong writing skills.

During this workshop, participants will build on their existing skills in terms of grammar and sentence structure, identifying and writing for a specific audience, expectations in terms of common APS documents, and editing written material.

Course convenor

Ms Kristen Connell

Kristen is a former journalist and public relations professional. Today she is a Director of Talkforce Media and Communications Strategists. Talkforce provides public relations support, strategic communications and crisis management advice, and training in media and presentation skills, business and policy writing, and team building.

Course date: 9.30am–1pm 5 September 2017
Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: A$750 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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