Do you ‘vet’ documents or need to give your team feedback on their writing? Does your own writing need fine-tuning? If so, this workshop is for you.

Through discussions and group work you will explore the conventions of modern business writing. You will practice vetting documents for clarity, conciseness, tone and grammar. You will also learn best practice for giving constructive feedback to your team.


After taking this workshop, you should be better able to:

  • vet your staff’s writing
  • fine-tune your own documents at work
  • act as a trusted mentor for team members and colleagues

Workshop outline

Fine-tuning fundamentals

  • What makes an effective business document?
  • The POWER writing process 
  • The 5 Cs of modern business writing 

Vetting for clarity and conciseness

  • Plain English
  • Effective sentences 
  • Modern document layout

Vetting for tone

  • Using a conversational style
  • The ‘you’ approach
  • The power of positive language

Vetting for grammar

  • Improving grammatical accuracy
  • Top 5 errors in Singapore
  • Online tools for checking grammar

Vetting emails and letters

  • Saying ‘no’ effectively
  • Responding to complaints
  • Giving bad news

Vetting reports

  • Direct and indirect structures
  • Using the active voice
  • Linking ideas

Giving feedback

  • Pride of authorship
  • The benefits of feedback and two feedback models
  • Golden rules for giving constructive feedback

Who should attend?

  • Developing level course: Take your skills to the next level
  • Experience: Strong establishing level skills
  • Minimum CEFR Advanced (C1) level English 

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Why choose us?

Find out why you should choose us and how we deliver our workshops face-to-face or online

Full-day workshop schedule

Face-to-face Public training dates 2023/2024
29-30 January 2024  11-12 March  
Face-to-face Public training dates 2024/2025
20-21 May  25-26 July 25-26 November 2024
17-18 February 2025    
  • Length: 14 hours
  • Workshop fee: S$900.00 (subject to prevailing GST)
  • Venue: Toa Payoh Centre