Writing Seminars

Paula Peters has helped thousands of officers, executives, managers, and employees to improve their written documents through our customized writing training programs and technical writing services.  The result is clearer writing that is easier to read—at all levels of organization.  Our training and services include:

The 5 Professional Secrets to Effective Writing Workshop

Writing has changed dramatically in the past 5 years.  This hands-on workshop teaches a specially engineered process to meet tough deadlines—faster.  Participants learn to:

  • Write any document—even with impossible deadlines
  • Write for executives—with a “short attention span”
  • Use newest industry writing/formatting standards

Fun, fast-paced individual/group activities and games.  Fully customizable with documents from your organization.  Focus on removing technical jargon, “chunking,” and good text layout.  Optional:  individual critique of 1 document from each participant by the instructor.

8 hours. Suitable for beginners through experts.

Technical Writing—New Standards for the New Millenium

Do you write technical documents in your job—such as reports, letters, procedures, briefings, or white papersTechnical writing has changed dramatically in the last 5 years.

Award-winning author, national speaker, and technical writing expert Paula Peters will show you the “new rules” of technical writing—including new standards for formatting, chunking, and sentence length.  You will also learn professional techniques for writing faster—and more accurately—to interview SMEs and meet tough deadlines.  This fast-paced, fun course packs in games, writing exercises, and group challenges that demonstrate the trade secrets used by her team of professional tech writers.  Ideal for engineers, scientists, tech writers.

You will learn:

  • Why formatting is now 50% of a document
  • Current standards for page layout, paragraph length, headers, and white space
  • How writing styles have changed dramatically in the last 10 years
  • Techniques for overcoming “blank page” syndrome
  • The 5 most common “killer” mistakes that people make in technical writing

*Bring 1 page of your writing that you’d like to improve to the first day of class.  We’ll edit this together.

2 days.  For anyone who writes technical documentation in their jobs.  Beginner thru expert.

Writing for Executives

This workshop teaches you how to captivate a busy, executive reader who has less than 60 seconds to read your document.

By learning simple techniques for targeting the executive audience, participants learn to write for an executive audience—without changing their writing style.  No matter what type of document you are writing—whether it’s an email, an executive briefing, or a PowerPoint presentation—you’ll learn all the fundamentals of how to improve your writing TODAY for senior officers and executives.

Participants learn to:

  • “Laser target” your document to executive audiences
  • Use executive-friendly language
  • Organize your document in a way that executives love to read
  • Write a document that can be digested in 60 seconds or less

Fun, fast-paced individual/group activities and games.  Fully customizable with documents from your organization.  Optional:  individual critique of 1 document from each participant. 

8 hours. Suitable for beginners through experts.

Technical Writing and Editing Services

Our team can write, format, and edit even the most complex documents.  We also make documents easier to read.

We have completed documents from 3 pages to 2,005 pages for a wide variety of audiences, including:  military, industrial, government, small business, and Fortune 500.  Documents include:

  • Procedure manuals
  • Annual reports
  • Audit manuals
  • Executive reports
  • Military reports
  • Proposals
  • Congressional reports