Government Writing 1010WRITG (3D)

Government Writing helps you discover what’s working and what could be improved in any piece of writing. If writing is a challenge for you, Government Writing will help you improve your abilities and confidence. If you feel comfortable writing, this course will hone your skills even further!

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand and use the seven traits of effective writing
  • Use an easy, four—step process to draft effective documents
  • Analyze each writing situation
  • Develop a clear main point and support it effectively
  • Use an effective three—part structure, organizing messages to succeed
  • Use different patterns of organization depending on the purpose of the message
  • Use a writing voice that fits your subject, audience, and purpose
  • Use fresh, precise words and get rid of wordiness
  • Write active sentences with parallel construction
  • Avoid common errors and unclear wording
  • Create an effective design and use graphics to make your point
  • Create email messages that communicate clearly


The course contains the following lessons:

  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Writing a Document in Four Easy Steps
  • Analyzing the Situation
  • Writing for Your Supervisor
  • Writing Complete Sentences
  • Developing Main Points
  • Supporting Main Points
  • Building Your Case
  • Reaching Resistant Readers
  • Using Three—Part Structure
  • Using Transitions
  • Organizing Good—News Messages Organizing Bad—News Messages
  • Organizing Persuasive Messages
  • Writing Effective Email
  • Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
  • Understanding Voice
  • Writing Conversationally
  • Keeping Your Voice Positive
  • Using Fresh, Precise Words
  • Reviewing Usage 1
  • Reviewing Usage 2
  • Combining Choppy Sentences
  • Energizing Your Sentences
  • Writing Tight, Parallel Sentences
  • Correcting Unclear Wording and Faulty Sentences
  • Correcting Common Errors 1
  • Correcting Common Errors 2
  • Improving Your Writing
  • Improving Your Revising
  • Improving Your Editing
  • Using Plain Language