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Communication & Writing

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs that focus on communication and writing for multiple audiences and using multiple media.

Our classes and programs cover writing of any kind (creative, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, biography) and communication more generally, including professional, technical, field-specific, and media- or modality-specific communications.

Classes

Visit our online registration portal to view the latest Communication & Writing classes available for registration.

Programs

Technical Writing

Our partnership with TechWriter-Certification allows us to offer several different online technical writing certification opportunities. 

Certificate Options

LERN Business Writing Certificate
Overview

Discover the keys to successful writing for the workplace. Whether you are writing a report, memo, letter or publicity notice, business writing has some defined characteristics for success. Successful communicators in the workplace move forward, others move back. Enhance your career by improving this critical communication skill.

Begin with understanding the format, construction, and successful techniques of writing good business reports and proposals. Then improve your skills with editing and proofreading. Finally, discover what good journalists know. Learn how to write a news story, press release or other publicity notice that zings.

Help your organization stand out with your new skills in business writing. This certificate will take you to the next level where business writing is a skill for personal and organizational success.

Course of Study

Program consists of three one-month courses:

Business Writing

Take away the key practices you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Get the best practices for crafting effective, professional business documents. Find out how to avoid grammatical pitfalls. And acquire business writing principles that will be good for years to come.

Effective Copywriting

Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are the key to success. Come away with the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back.

Writing News and Press Releases

Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace. Getting the word out is an essential activity for every organization. Acquire the skills good journalists have and learn how to craft a news story, press release or publicity notice that will get attention.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

LERN Presentation Media Certificate
Overview

Presentation media are key to communication, sales, speeches and any other effective presentation today. Whether your presentation is online or in-person, presentation media not only enhance your message but often make your message successful.

Find out how to use Prezi, the new slide software that goes beyond one-dimensional presentations, and the finer points of Photoshop for presentations. Then discover the design elements to creating visual presentations for success using any media.

Take away critical skills for both training yourself and others in your organization. You will come away with the latest, most advanced practical and design knowledge in presentation media.

Course of Study

Consists of three one-month courses:

Prezi

Take a journey into the world of creative presentations.Bring your vision to life with Prezi and leave Powerpoint behind. Learn how to use and engage your creative side for amazing presentations. Your audience will be stimulated with what you are presenting as well as how you are presenting.

Photoshop for Presentations

Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know. 

Creating Visual Presentations

Make your visual presentations look professional and communicate effectively. Get the latest most advanced techniques on graphic design principles, including page layout, typography and basic design considerations. Take away more skills to create an effective and beautiful visual presentation on any presentation software program that you choose.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

LERN Workplace Communication Certificate
Overview

Good communication in the workplace is more important than ever. And critical to your career advancement and success. Come get a comprehensive and intensive preparation with skills and techniques you can put to use on Monday morning.  Take back a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance.

Course of Study

Consists of three one-month courses:

Conflict Management

A recent study conducted by the American Management Association (AMA) revealed that the average manager spends more than 20 percent of their day engaged in or reacting to a conflict situation. This study also identified that out of twenty-five management skills, conflict management was the only one positively correlated to higher earnings and promotion. Discover a workable conflict management model, discuss case studies in conflict management, and then take away successful conflict management strategies to apply in your workplace.

Negotiation: Get What You Want

Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards.

Using Personality Profiles for Better Work Performance

Understanding yourself and others will increase your overall effectiveness at work, home, and in all of your relationships. Learn how to improve your communication with others, convey your ideas effectively, and improve your ability to understand what is important to those who don’t share your same style. Course fee includes your own DiSC Behavioral Personality Profile assessment and review.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
spcs@richmond.edu

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Closed for University holidays