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Professional Writing in English

Writing well and communicating effectively are critical skills for all those working in academic and business management. Whether you are writing an e-mail, business plan, policy document, an internal memo, or website content, you need to be able to recognize and understand the nuances of writing these different types of content.


In this course, you will learn to craft well-written communication, to be persuasive, to make requests,to give feedback, to write succinctly and clearly – all in the appropriate context. You will work on your own material – which you provide as input at the start of the course. We work with your reader’s expectations in mind, and you will learn to adjust the writing style to their needs.

Join this course and learn from the experts. Our approach is no-nonsense and hands-on: you write and we, together with the class, review, edit and improve your writing: you can directly apply the results in your daily work.

  • Write and communicate professionally

  • Learn from the experts

  • Reader focus

  • Communicate more effectivelyYour material - directly applicable

  • No nonsense and hands-on

If you want to follow a course on scientific writing, please visit the webpage of the course Scientific Writing for Professionals.

Course level

CEFR-level: C1


The course consists of six classes of 2 hours per week. You will be expected to spend 2-4 hours on self-study each week.

Dates and times*

This course is offered in February and September each year.

Startdate Enddate Days Time
12 September 5 December Tuesday 15.30 - 17.30 hrs.

*Lessons will take place every other week.

Course material

Course material will be supplied by the teacher online via Blackboard. For some modules, additional handouts will be given in class.


 If you are taking the course in the context of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be assessed. By handing in writing assignments each session you are putting together a language portfolio. Your teacher will assess your writing. If you sufficiently implement the teacher’s annotations on your writing, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. Should you not implement the teacher’s annotations or hand in your assignments, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance (providing you have attended enough classes).


  • Regular fee: € 550

  • WUR Staff (10% discount): € 495

Prior to registration: placement test

To make sure everyone is placed in the right course, new course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test. This particular course requires a score of 80. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an appointment through our online calendar.