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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 02/03/20 and ending on 02/28/20
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 03/02/20 and ending on 03/27/20
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 02/03/20 and ending on 05/01/20
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 02/03/20 and ending on 05/01/20
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 02/03/20 and ending on 05/01/20
Online, starting on 04/06/20 and ending on 06/26/20
This institute will help you develop the analytical insight and professional skills you need to elevate public awareness about your nonprofit and generate financial support for its mission. This week-long program has been redesigned based on input from students and industry leaders to focus on strategies that drive marketing and communication campaigns and determine the deliverables required to engage prospects.


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At the heart of every successful annual fund there is a thriving direct marketing campaign with a heavy focus on direct mail. This course will cover all aspects of coordinating and implementing an effective direct marketing campaign for your nonprofit organization.


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Communications professionals worldwide recognize that the Internet has forever changed how we manage marketing and communications strategies for our organizations. Learn the importance of listening first to your audiences, and dive into how to begin that listening in order to prioritize channels, time, and money. We'll explore what recent consumer, generational, and business trends are shaping our communications, and what nonprofit organizations need to know about the opportunities and challenges they face in an increasingly digital world.


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Constructing a compelling visual communications vehicle for your nonprofit is essential to a successful marketing campaign. Learn how to develop a creative brief for ideas, sharpen your interview skills to get the perfect sound bite, and plan for pre-production, production and post-production. This class focuses on assessment of needs, goals, strategies, budget and timing for your video projects, along with developing video strategies for your website and social media.


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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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