Writing Fundamentals


Starting with the basics, including rules of commas and editing for conciseness, clarity, and cohesion, this course will provide a review of sentence and document structure for writers at all levels. During the course, students practice tailoring writing to specific audiences, including assessing the purpose and exigence in common workplace writing contexts.

You will focus on several topics including:

  • Use of commas (introductory clauses, subordinate clauses, series, coordinating adjectives, geographic location, dates, etc.)
  • Editing for clarity (active voice, transitional words, parallel construction, and action verbs)
  • Editing for organization (paragraphs, use of bullets, sentence length
  • Basic document design (alignment, contrast, and repetition).

This program has been developed in collaboration with The Center for Public Safety Excellence®. 

+ Features

From writing requests for information to fire incident reports, administrative policies and standard operating guidelines, this course will prompt the learner to remember the fundamentals of the written word.

+ Notes

Group Training

For more information on available discounts for customized group training opportunities for groups of 10 or more from the same organization, please contact Program Manager Sarah Harper at swalz@gmu.edu


+ Designed For

This course is applicable to all levels of a contemporary fire department, from fire fighter through chief fire officers.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Writing Fundamentals
Online, self paced
Jan 30, 2023 to Feb 03, 2023
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $450.00
  • McKinley Green
  • Nupoor Ranade
Section Notes
Course Registration Deadline: 1/23/2023
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