Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

*cancelled* Report Writing and Presenting Well on Paper - February 2017

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The nature of effective writing, whether in a proposal or a report, is to be persuasive in the message we put across. This 1-day course is structured to give your writing clarity, impact and style, so that you are more effective in your writing and persuasive every time.

All organisations would list clear writing as an essential element of good communication and reports.  Whether it is keeping a record of activities or business done; communicating with stakeholders; applying for funds or authorisation to start a project or to celebrate the achievements made through reports and feeding back. We all need these skills to ensure that we meet the objectives of our organisation.

Definition: ‘being a persuasive writer means people tend to do what you want them to do because of what you have written’.

Persuasive writing has clarity, impact and style.  When writing reports we need to have a purpose in mind for the reader which would affect your organisation.  This one day course will cover the whole journey of writing to persuade and report writing, where you learn to present well on paper.


  • To help staff produce written work that has clarity, impact & style
  • To develop confidence in writing for your work role      
  • To improve the structuring and creation of reports

           Course Content:

  • Characteristics of persuasive writing
  • Collecting, selecting & rejecting material
  • Defining your purpose for writing – The CCAR Model
  • Systematic approach to writing & presentation
  • Report design, planning and structure – use of Mind Mapping
  • Prioritising how information is presented
  • How to keep the reader’s attention
  • Writing styles & the use of language
  • Defining Plain English
  • Assessing the understanding of a piece of writing – the Fog index
  • Review & criticism of written documents
  • Personal action planning                  

Pre course info: Please bring with you some of your own samples of writing (draft or finished) for you to use and share on the day of the course.

Date: 27 February 2017
Times: 09:30-16:30
Trainer: Melanie Windle
Voluntary Sector* Fee: £79
Market Rate Fee: £115 (Statutory and Commercial (corporate Sectors and all organisations (voluntary*) and companies based outside of GM)

* Within the term 'voluntary sector' we include the whole 'third sector' including voluntary, community and faith groups and organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives and other not-for-profit organisations with a social purpose.

If you are unable to attend on the date given above, please contact; for bespoke quotes (groups or organisations) or for the next open register..

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27th February, 2017 9:30 AM   to   4:30 PM
GMCVO Training MC --- St Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester, M12 6FZ
Phone: 0161 277 1008
Voluntary Sector Fee* £ 79.00
Statutory, Private and outside of GM Fee £ 115.00
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