Writing with Clarity & Impact for Government


28 February 2023


Effective writing conveys your message or information with 100% clarity to your audience. In good writing, everything makes sense and readers don't get lost. This means spelling and punctuating properly, as well as knowing what words to use and the order in which to use them.

Crafting effective writing requires regular, deliberate practice. Attending this short online seminar will set you up for success with your writing and readability skills. Megan’s experience working with and for government gives her the practical insight required to teach and train you to write in a way that will allow well-informed decision-making and provide better quality information to decision makers.

PRACTICAL & TIMELY: You will have the opportunity to practice, discern and analyse examples of your own work during the seminar (examples will be confidential to the attendee and not shared openly with the group).

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Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • understand the function of words, phrases and clauses
  • use plain language that is accessible and readable
  • understand how formatting impacts the reader experience
  • correctly use the punctuation mark
  • avoid common grammatical errors
  • write with consistency and in accordance with conventions
  • confidently proofread and edit documents
  • write with more clarity and conciseness
  • write strong sentences and paragraphs, using words selected for accuracy and impact.

This seminar is facilitated by Megan Hender, Founder, Megan Hender Consulting.
Megan is an experienced non-executive Director with a strong interest in strategy, governance, risk and communication. She serves on a number of boards and committees including as chairperson.

In 2010 she was elected as a Councillor at the City of Adelaide, where she served two terms, including 18 months as Deputy Lord Mayor.

“In lots of situations, particularly where people don’t meet you face to face, the only way you can be judged is by your writing. Learning to write well is therefore all about putting your best face forward, and making the best impression you can. It is a career essential.”

- Megan Hender, Megan Hender Consulting

Who should attend?

The ideal course participant is a professional who seeks to: 

  • develop and strengthen their writing for the public sector environment
  • write simply, clearly and effectively at work
  • understand the function of words, phrases, clauses and grammar
  • deliver better quality information to decision makers through clear writing
  • better advise staff or team members on how to improve written communication
  • improve the clarity and impact of their current writing
  • improve the readability and comprehension of their writing

AND/OR is involved with writing or contributing to formal documents, briefs, memos, internal and external communications, speeches, reviews or on behalf of others.

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Use the code GOVCAREER and save $50 off your seminar registration.