Executive Government Writing 1070WRITG (2D)

Executive Government Writing uses the seven traits of effective writing to help you improve your own work and the writing of those whom you manage. The traits help you diagnose problems and apply specific strategies to remedy them. The traits also give you and your colleagues a common language for discussing writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use the seven traits to improve your writing
  • Prepare effective executive documents that achieve the results you want
  • Use plain language to make writing clear to the widest readership
  • Diagnose problems and make improvements in your own writing and that of others
  • Foster writing that is clear, concise, complete, and correct
  • Effectively manage the writing tasks of others
  • Use resources to continually improve writing, revising, and editing skills


The course contains the following lessons:

  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Finding a Sample Document
  • Using the Traits with the Process
  • Managing Through the Process
  • Analyzing the Situation
  • Assigning a Writing Task
  • Stating the Main Point
  • Supporting the Main Point
  • Writing Executive Summaries
  • Using Order and Transitions
  • Creating Procedures
  • Organizing Most Messages
  • Organizing Bad News and Persuasion
  • Creating Policy Statements
  • Using Plain Language
  • Eliminating Wordiness
  • Giving Feedback
  • Energizing Sentences
  • Correcting Sentence Errors
  • Correcting Punctuation
  • Receiving Congressional Inquiries
  • Responding to Congressional Inquiries
  • Responding to Audits
  • Using a Writing Assignment Template
  • Revising with a Checklist
  • Refining with a Checklist