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Communication & Writing

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs that focus on communication and writing for multiple audiences and using multiple media.

Our classes and programs cover writing of any kind (creative, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, biography) and communication more generally, including professional, technical, field-specific, and media- or modality-specific communications.

Technical Writing Certificates

Our Technical Writing Certificates are offered in partnership with TechWriter-Certification, which allows us to offer several different online technical writing certification opportunities.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Join us in this fun, interactive half-day workshop where you will learn how to connect with an audience, inspire a movie in the listeners' minds, create anticipation in your message, become interesting and energetic in your delivery, and design the story to match any situation.


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In this course you will learn about proper eye contact, use of pauses, vocal tools (pace/volume/inflection), movement, body language, posture, gestures and facial expressions so that you can deliver your message to a group in the most clear, concise and compelling ways.


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Learn the key techniques you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Get the best practices for crafting effective, professional business documents. Find out how to avoid grammatical pitfalls and acquire business writing principles that will stand you in good stead for years to come.


Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 05/01/20
Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo, or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are key to success. This one-month course will help you to develop the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid common writing mistakes that can hold you back.


Online, starting on 05/04/20 and ending on 05/29/20
Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace. Getting the word out is an essential activity for every organization. Discover the skills good journalists have and learn how to craft a news story, press release or publicity notice that will get attention.


Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 05/01/20
Online, starting on 06/01/20 and ending on 06/26/20
This certificate program consists of three courses: Business Writing, Effective Copywriting, and Writing News and Press Releases.


Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 06/26/20
This certificate program consists of three one-month courses: Infographics, Photoshop for Presentations, and Graphic Design for Visual Presentations.


Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 06/26/20
This certificate program consists of three courses: Conflict Management, Negotiation - Get What You Want, and Using Personality Profiles for Better Work Performance.


Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 06/26/20
Make your visual presentations look professional and communicate effectively. Get the latest, most advanced techniques on graphic design principles, including page layout, typography, and basic design considerations. Learn the skills needed to create an effective and beautiful visual presentation on any presentation software program that you choose. Note: This is an online class. Participants will view presentations, read assignments, engage in activities and discussions in the online classroom.


Online, starting on 06/08/20 and ending on 07/03/20
This course will build skills and techniques to greatly improve our communications so that our intended messages (whether verbal, non-verbal, written, or broadcast) have the same meaning to their recipients.


This course contains no sessions

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This course will expose you to a powerful, concise way to present information.


Online, Every day, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 05/01/20
Acquire the skills needed to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of this popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as handling text, working with layers, and managing image file properties. Discover the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know.


Online, starting on 05/04/20 and ending on 05/29/20
Learn how to improve your communication with others, convey your ideas effectively, and improve your ability to understand what is important to those who don't share your same style


Online, starting on 06/08/20 and ending on 07/03/20
Discover a workable conflict management model, discuss case studies in conflict management, and then take away successful conflict management strategies to apply in your workplace.


Online, Every day, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 05/01/20
Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize your needs will ensure that you get more of what's essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process.


Online, starting on 05/04/20 and ending on 05/29/20