Write to the Point | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Course Date: 
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 to Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
Course Fee: 
Target Audience:

Public sector and non-profit employees who wish to communicate effectively with policymakers, stakeholders, board members, and executive leadership.

Course Description:

A recent survey of Texas government senior managers and executives conducted by the LBJ School Office of Professional Development found that the resounding answer to the question “What skill do members of your agency/team most need to strengthen?” was…WRITING. The need for strong, flexible writing abilities exists at all levels of an organization. This program has been specifically designed to address this skill gap.

In the first half of the session, participants will hone their editing skills and work on recognizing common errors in public policy writing. Exercises in concision, active voice, and direct syntax will allow participants to practice writing clear, effective text. In the second half of the session, participants will evaluate memos, emails, and reports for structure and style. Participants will use recommended elements of strong documents to create and review drafts in class.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize wordiness and mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and syntax;
  • Edit for concision and active voice;
  • Use strategies to create clear, succinct text;
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of common policy documents like memos and reports; and,
  • Apply the elements of good writing to drafts of policy documents.


This class is approved for 16 CPE hours by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA).




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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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If you need to cancel your registration, your written cancellation notice must be received before December 14, 2018 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after December 14, 2018 and before January 15, 2019 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between January 15, 2019 and the start of the class, you will be responsible for 50% of the original fee. If we do not receive written notice of cancellation prior to the event, you will be responsible for the full registration fee. You may send a substitute to the class. Cancellation notices should be emailed to lbjopdinfo@austin.utexas.edu. Phone messages do not serve as official cancellation notices.

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