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Formal Writing Using Plain Language Special opportunity to take individual course modules – August and SeptemberAug 7 aids to select the appropriate format for the response and identify Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Sep 4 8 a.m.-noon Drafting Memorandums: Communicating effectively to internal audiences is the central theme of this module. Participants practice hands-on writing strategies Aug 7 to draft clear and concise memorandums that successfully convey complex information, establish policy guidance or request action. Sep 4 1-5 p.m. Writing Issue Briefs: Keeping senior leadership informed is the focus of this module. Participants practice writing strategies for thoroughly summarizing Au g 8 information on an issue or event that may affect the organization, and delivering clear and effective issue briefs. Sep 5 8 a.m.-noon Responding to Congressional Inquiries: Reinforcing the goals of crafting reader-focused writing, this module offers hands-on writing strategies for Aug 8 tailoring written communications for positive impact and delivering succinct and diplomatic responses to congressional inquiries. Sep 5 1-5 p.m. Additional modules on next page Register Now! You can register for a module in one of three ways: • Select the link in the table, which will take you directly to the Talent Management System (TMS). • Call 877-503-7110 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. • Send an email to VAProgramTraining@dai-solutions.com . Locations are listed in TMS and are also provided when you call or email. " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

Formal Writing Using Plain Language

Special opportunity to take individual course modules August and September 2012

Learn how to write complex and compelling documents that are clear, concise and easy to understand! Don’t miss this special opportunity to attend one or more of the Formal Writing Using Plain Language course modules listed below.

Module

Date

Time

Addressing Data Calls: Emphasizing accuracy, diplomacy and professionalism, this module offers hands-on writing strategies to address data calls, use job

 

aids to select the appropriate format for the response and identify Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

  • 8 a.m.-noon

Drafting Memorandums: Communicating effectively to internal audiences is the central theme of this module. Participants practice hands-on writing strategies

 

to draft clear and concise memorandums that successfully convey complex information, establish policy guidance or request action.

1-5 p.m.

Writing Issue Briefs: Keeping senior leadership informed is the focus of this module. Participants practice writing strategies for thoroughly summarizing

 

information on an issue or event that may affect the organization, and delivering clear and effective issue briefs.

  • 8 a.m.-noon

Responding to Congressional Inquiries: Reinforcing the goals of crafting reader-focused writing, this module offers hands-on writing strategies for

 

tailoring written communications for positive impact and delivering succinct and diplomatic responses to congressional inquiries.

1-5 p.m.

Additional modules on next page

   

Register Now!

You can register for a module in one of three ways:

Select the link in the table, which will take you directly to the Talent Management System (TMS). Call 877-503-7110 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. Send an email to VAProgramTraining@dai-solutions.com. Locations are listed in TMS and are also provided when you call or email.

Formal Writing Using Plain Language Special opportunity to take individual course modules – August and SeptemberAug 7 aids to select the appropriate format for the response and identify Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Sep 4 8 a.m.-noon Drafting Memorandums: Communicating effectively to internal audiences is the central theme of this module. Participants practice hands-on writing strategies Aug 7 to draft clear and concise memorandums that successfully convey complex information, establish policy guidance or request action. Sep 4 1-5 p.m. Writing Issue Briefs: Keeping senior leadership informed is the focus of this module. Participants practice writing strategies for thoroughly summarizing Au g 8 information on an issue or event that may affect the organization, and delivering clear and effective issue briefs. Sep 5 8 a.m.-noon Responding to Congressional Inquiries: Reinforcing the goals of crafting reader-focused writing, this module offers hands-on writing strategies for Aug 8 tailoring written communications for positive impact and delivering succinct and diplomatic responses to congressional inquiries. Sep 5 1-5 p.m. Additional modules on next page Register Now! You can register for a module in one of three ways: • Select the link in the table, which will take you directly to the Talent Management System (TMS). • Call 877-503-7110 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. • Send an email to VAProgramTraining@dai-solutions.com . Locations are listed in TMS and are also provided when you call or email. " id="pdf-obj-0-114" src="pdf-obj-0-114.jpg">
Formal Writing Using Plain Language Special opportunity to take individual course modules – August and SeptemberAug 7 aids to select the appropriate format for the response and identify Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Sep 4 8 a.m.-noon Drafting Memorandums: Communicating effectively to internal audiences is the central theme of this module. Participants practice hands-on writing strategies Aug 7 to draft clear and concise memorandums that successfully convey complex information, establish policy guidance or request action. Sep 4 1-5 p.m. Writing Issue Briefs: Keeping senior leadership informed is the focus of this module. Participants practice writing strategies for thoroughly summarizing Au g 8 information on an issue or event that may affect the organization, and delivering clear and effective issue briefs. Sep 5 8 a.m.-noon Responding to Congressional Inquiries: Reinforcing the goals of crafting reader-focused writing, this module offers hands-on writing strategies for Aug 8 tailoring written communications for positive impact and delivering succinct and diplomatic responses to congressional inquiries. Sep 5 1-5 p.m. Additional modules on next page Register Now! You can register for a module in one of three ways: • Select the link in the table, which will take you directly to the Talent Management System (TMS). • Call 877-503-7110 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. • Send an email to VAProgramTraining@dai-solutions.com . Locations are listed in TMS and are also provided when you call or email. " id="pdf-obj-0-116" src="pdf-obj-0-116.jpg">
Formal Writing Using Plain Language Special opportunity to take individual course modules – August and SeptemberAug 7 aids to select the appropriate format for the response and identify Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Sep 4 8 a.m.-noon Drafting Memorandums: Communicating effectively to internal audiences is the central theme of this module. Participants practice hands-on writing strategies Aug 7 to draft clear and concise memorandums that successfully convey complex information, establish policy guidance or request action. Sep 4 1-5 p.m. Writing Issue Briefs: Keeping senior leadership informed is the focus of this module. Participants practice writing strategies for thoroughly summarizing Au g 8 information on an issue or event that may affect the organization, and delivering clear and effective issue briefs. Sep 5 8 a.m.-noon Responding to Congressional Inquiries: Reinforcing the goals of crafting reader-focused writing, this module offers hands-on writing strategies for Aug 8 tailoring written communications for positive impact and delivering succinct and diplomatic responses to congressional inquiries. Sep 5 1-5 p.m. Additional modules on next page Register Now! You can register for a module in one of three ways: • Select the link in the table, which will take you directly to the Talent Management System (TMS). • Call 877-503-7110 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. • Send an email to VAProgramTraining@dai-solutions.com . Locations are listed in TMS and are also provided when you call or email. " id="pdf-obj-0-118" src="pdf-obj-0-118.jpg">

Module

Date

Time

Evaluating Data and Summarizing Findings: Focusing on effectively presenting data for greatest impact, this module introduces the Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRAD) format; addresses the differences between quantitative and

  • 8 a.m.-noon

qualitative data; and offers writing strategies for accurately presenting and summarizing

findings for all audiences.

Writing for Results: Tying together the procurement process and VA’s mission to care for Veterans, this module offers strategies for delivering clear, accurate and effective

 

procurement responses, including requests for proposals (RFPs), statements of work (SOWs), performance work statements (PWSs) and proposals for initiatives.

1-5 p.m.

Writing Strategic Plans: Ensuring an organization remains relevant and responsive to the needs of its community is the principal theme of this module. Participants review

 

the definition, purpose and major components of a strategic plan. They practice writing

  • 8 a.m.-noon

strategies for delivering coherent, clear vision and mission statements, values, overall

goals and SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) objectives.

Writing Grants: Centered on meeting Veterans’ needs through innovation and initiative, this module provides approaches for identifying and targeting potential

 

award and funding opportunities for proposed or ongoing projects and initiatives. It also provides strategies for writing clear, concise and compelling grant responses.

1-5 p.m.

Writing Business Cases: Presenting clear and compelling justifications for proposals

 

is the focus of this module. Participants practice strategies for writing accurate and convincing business cases for decision makers.

  • 8 a.m.-noon

Writing Position Papers: Generating awareness or support for an issue is the central theme of this module. Participants practice strategies for effectively summarizing an

 

issue, presenting supporting facts and proposing solutions with the goal of delivering succinct and compelling position papers.

1-5 p.m.

Attend the Launch on July 31, 2012

VA Learning University (VALU) is offering these modules as part of the Formal Writing Using Plain Language course

launch. Come to the launch event to find out more!

Date:

July 31, 2012

Time:

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location:

G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Conference Center 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20420

Module Date Time Evaluating Data and Summarizing Findings: Focusing on effectively presenting data for greatest impact,Aug 9 8 a.m.-noon qualitative data; and offers writing strategies for accurately presenting and summarizing Sep 6 findings for all audiences. Writing for Results: Tying together the procurement process and VA’s mission to care for Veterans, this module offers strategies for delivering clear, accurate and effective Aug 9 procurement responses, including requests for proposals (RFPs), statements of work (SOWs), performance work statements (PWSs) and proposals for initiatives. Sep 6 1-5 p.m. Writing Strategic Plans: Ensuring an organization remains relevant and responsive to the needs of its community is the principal theme of this module. Participants review Au g 14 the definition, purpose and major components of a strategic plan. They practice writing 8 a.m.-noon strategies for delivering coherent, clear vision and mission statements, values, overall Sep 11 goals and SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) objectives. Writing Grants: Centered on meeting Veterans’ needs through innovation and initiative, this module provides approaches for identifying and targeting potential Aug 14 award and funding opportunities for proposed or ongoing projects and initiatives. It also provides strategies for writing clear, concise and compelling grant responses. Sep 11 1-5 p.m. Writing Business Cases: Presenting clear and compelling justifications for proposals Aug 15 is the focus of this module. Participants practice strategies for writing accurate and convincing business cases for decision makers. Sep 12 8 a.m.-noon Writing Position Papers: Generating awareness or support for an issue is the central theme of this module. Participants practice strategies for effectively summarizing an Aug 15 issue, presenting supporting facts and proposing solutions with the goal of delivering succinct and compelling position papers. Sep 12 1-5 p.m. Attend the Launch on July 31, 2012 VA Learning University (VALU) is offering these modules as part of the Formal Writing Using Plain Language course launch. Come to the launch event to find out more! 810 Vermont Avenue, NW More Information Please note that VA Learning University will not reimburse for travel expenses. prerequisite module in TMS first! For more information, please contact Terik Hartz, VALU Education Program Specialist, at Terik.Hartz@va.gov or call 877-503-7110. Get ready to take another step in your journey to better writing . " id="pdf-obj-1-149" src="pdf-obj-1-149.jpg">

More Information

Please note that VA Learning University will not reimburse for travel expenses.

Remember to complete the e-learning

prerequisite module in TMS first!

For more information, please contact Terik Hartz, VALU Education Program Specialist, at Terik.Hartz@va.gov or call 877-503-7110.

Get ready to take another step in your journey to better writing.

Module Date Time Evaluating Data and Summarizing Findings: Focusing on effectively presenting data for greatest impact,Aug 9 8 a.m.-noon qualitative data; and offers writing strategies for accurately presenting and summarizing Sep 6 findings for all audiences. Writing for Results: Tying together the procurement process and VA’s mission to care for Veterans, this module offers strategies for delivering clear, accurate and effective Aug 9 procurement responses, including requests for proposals (RFPs), statements of work (SOWs), performance work statements (PWSs) and proposals for initiatives. Sep 6 1-5 p.m. Writing Strategic Plans: Ensuring an organization remains relevant and responsive to the needs of its community is the principal theme of this module. Participants review Au g 14 the definition, purpose and major components of a strategic plan. They practice writing 8 a.m.-noon strategies for delivering coherent, clear vision and mission statements, values, overall Sep 11 goals and SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) objectives. Writing Grants: Centered on meeting Veterans’ needs through innovation and initiative, this module provides approaches for identifying and targeting potential Aug 14 award and funding opportunities for proposed or ongoing projects and initiatives. It also provides strategies for writing clear, concise and compelling grant responses. Sep 11 1-5 p.m. Writing Business Cases: Presenting clear and compelling justifications for proposals Aug 15 is the focus of this module. Participants practice strategies for writing accurate and convincing business cases for decision makers. Sep 12 8 a.m.-noon Writing Position Papers: Generating awareness or support for an issue is the central theme of this module. Participants practice strategies for effectively summarizing an Aug 15 issue, presenting supporting facts and proposing solutions with the goal of delivering succinct and compelling position papers. Sep 12 1-5 p.m. Attend the Launch on July 31, 2012 VA Learning University (VALU) is offering these modules as part of the Formal Writing Using Plain Language course launch. Come to the launch event to find out more! 810 Vermont Avenue, NW More Information Please note that VA Learning University will not reimburse for travel expenses. prerequisite module in TMS first! For more information, please contact Terik Hartz, VALU Education Program Specialist, at Terik.Hartz@va.gov or call 877-503-7110. Get ready to take another step in your journey to better writing . " id="pdf-obj-1-166" src="pdf-obj-1-166.jpg">