Business Writing Resources
This section assists users in developing business writing skills.
The Brief Guide to Business Writing provides guidelines on how to write business documents focusing on format, paragraph, and sentence guidelines. Other useful tools include a sample business letter, memo, and email as well as a guide to the writing process, word choice explanations, and a writing checklist.
Capture. Deliver. Excel. Applying the Principles of Business Writing is a book that provides guides and information on improving business writing. It shows how to apply the 7 principles of business writing outlined by the book, develop and execute an effective writing strategy; and manage the writing process. Chapter summaries are available for free, but the entire book must be purchased and can be downloaded as a PDF.
The Colorado State University's Writing Studio website provides critical information for business writing and speaking, research writing, and discipline specific writing. Included on the website are guides on how to write business letters, memos, emails, press releases, executive summaries, as well as resumés.
Syntax Training provides articles and resources focusing on how to improve business writing techniques. The website offers articles on business writing, writing courses, as well as a list of recommended books. Resources include helpful tips on grammar, spelling, formatting, as well as communicating bad news in the business world.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University hosts various writing resources and instructional materials for instructors, students, and professionals. The resources cover grammar, mechanics, internet literacy, research, and citation. Business writing related resources include information and guidelines on writing job applications, job search letters, and resumés. The website also features helpful video lectures to support learning techniques.
The College of New Jersey offers The School of Business Guide to Writing, which provides guides and tips on improving business writing. It includes a description of the different kinds of business writing, tips on grammar and formatting, as well as sample business documents with helpful feedback from a rubric. The file is downloadable and opens in PDF format.
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center provides useful information on how to write business letters, including word usage, and styling guidelines. A description on how to begin writing a business letter along with essential information that needs to be included can be found on this website. Sample business letters are also included as another helpful tool.
WriteExpress offers free sample business letters as well as tips and articles on successful business writing. These include spelling and grammar, what verbs to use, formatting and styling for a variety of professional letters such as cover letters, letters of recommendation, research papers, resumes, and several other topics.