A Short Introduction to Writing British Business English

English is a fantastic language but it’s a difficult mixture of easy and impossible to guess. Why are ‘comb’ and ‘bomb’ spelt almost the same and yet sound quite different (and indeed serve slightly different purposes)? Why is writing 'as per my last email' an act not of helping with memory but an act of passive-aggression? 

When it comes to writing well in British English there are lots of rules. And there are a lot of exceptions to those rules. So there's a lot to navigate, with the added concern that, while you can say something and it's soon forgotten, what you write remains for ever. 

So avoiding getting things wrong and moving you forward in business is all dependent on your ability to command the written language. And let's not forget that creativity plays a part in everything, from a business presentation to a manuscript. 

Which is why I have created these two courses to help you, starting with British Business Writing. And each course is one-to one. Scroll down for both course outlines:

British Business Writing Course

One-to-one with me, Graham Scott. Five hour-plus modules. And a FREE module


What will I learn during this course?

Quite simply, a professional and effective way to communicate within a business environment. Do you want to be more persuasive, more influential, more confident in your communications, using more accurate British English? Do you want to consistently get things right, instead of worrying if you’re saying or writing the wrong thing? This is the course to help you move forward, where we are looking for communication not perfection.


What is different compared with other courses? 

Simple. It’s what you see is what you get. This is you. And it’s me. Just the two of us. You can see who I am and what I can offer by glancing at this website. Here it’s all in the open, up-front, it’s me and my experience, waiting to work with you. 


How does it work and what does it cost?

You sign up and I send you the free Basics module. You can look at that when you have the time. If you like that and you wish to continue then I will send you an invoice for the course. I’m confident that you will want to continue which is why I’m offering a free introduction. Upon payment we will set up a schedule of one module per week, at a time to suit you, with each module lasting around one hour. 

There will be plenty of time to ask your own personal questions and to discuss your own issues as well as go through exercises. There will be a bit of take-away homework if you want it! I’m aiming for dialogue not just a dull monologue. 

You can cancel at any time and the fee for any ‘unused’ lessons will be credited back to you immediately. 

The fee for the whole course is currently just £300.00


The course

FREE Basics module

This short module gives a reminder of the rules and exceptions for punctuation, grammar and more. With explanations and examples for every case, this module gives you the basic toolkit to start writing with more confidence and impact.


Module 1

Introduction, aims and objectives for you and for me. We'll look at why you have to use business English, who you have to communicate with - everyone from manager to colleagues to suppliers - and what you need to achieve. Then we'll focus on specifics for you, so we can plan according to your needs and get started straight away. 


Module 2

Communication styles, including how to be assertive not aggressive. We'll look at how to ask the right questions so that you get the answers you need while remaining polite and collegiate. We'll also cover how to answer difficult questions and have a difficult conversation. 


Module 3

Writing reports and other regular and irregular written materials. We all have to do them, but this module shows you how to produce a report or similar that you can turn to your personal advantage as well as helping your department or company. We're going to extend this to presentations, and how to deal with these stressful occasions so that once again it is turned to your advantage. 


Module 4

Internal and external communications. With a diverse workforce electronic communications can easily go wrong, particularly when there is a variety of age groups present, people are working from home or are based in other countries. We're going to cover the do's and don'ts of social media, email, WhatsApp groups, corporate communications and more. Stay safe and on-message in this difficult environment. 


Module 5

Win friends and influence people. We're covering the whole issue of cultural considerations (UK, US, Europe) with a focus on British etiquette and manners so that we can persuade and influence others successfully. Finally, we are going to look at tools that may help, like Grammarly and ChatGPT and similar. We look at how they can support you but not replace you. This whole course is aimed at ensuring that. 


There are only so many places available as this is so bespoke to you, so please do not hesitate to either sign up or ask for more details - simply click on the email link at the bottom of every page. I look forward to working with you. 

A Short Introduction to Creative Writing 

As you will be reminded in the introduction to the course above, the English language is a marvellous tool. Just 26 letters arranged differently give us Shakespeare, Hemingway, Emily Dickinson. And now - you. 

Because you can write. You already do. If you can read and write and think then you can write a novel or whatever it is you want to write. That is within your control. What happens afterwards is largely out of your control so we focus on what we control. Your novel, non-fiction book, short story or journalism. 

There is now no barrier to entry. Other than those we put up ourselves. So let's get started on this course, which will give you the confidence, skills and tools necessary to get the first draft done and then work right through to publication. Note this course takes you on the whole journey from start to finish - I've been there and printed the T-shirt, so you'll be in safe and experienced hands.


Creative Writing Course

One-to-one with me, Graham Scott. Five hour-plus modules. And a FREE module


Who is it for - and who is it not for?

It is for anyone who wants to take their writing forward, either for commercial or for personal gain. I've written for hundreds of magazines and websites, and published fiction, non-fiction and young adult books (see My Work), so we can cover the whole range of whatever it is you personally want to create. 

So it is for people who want to improve their writing, their creativity. This course is not for those who want to simply be a best-selling author. In my experience they want to have written, they don't want the hard graft of sitting down for months with a blank screen and a blinking cursor. We're here to put the work in and to enjoy the creative process. 


How does it work and what does it cost?

You sign up and I send you the free Practicalities module - see more below. You can look at that at your leisure. If you like that and you wish to continue then I will send you an invoice for the course. I’m confident that you will want to continue which is why I’m offering a free start. Upon payment we will set up a schedule of one module per week, at a time to suit you, with each module lasting around one hour. 

There will be plenty of time to ask your own personal questions and to discuss your own issues as well as go through exercises. There will be a bit of take-away homework if you want it! I’m aiming for dialogue not just a dull monologue. 

You can cancel at any time and the fee for any ‘unused’ lessons will be credited back to you immediately. 

The fee for the whole course is £400.00



The course

FREE Practicalities module

This module 'sets the scene' while giving you a ton of actionable material. We're going to examine imposter syndrome, where you write, technology, habits (yours and other writers'), clarity of thinking and much more. And did I mention it's free?


Module 1

Character. The basis of everything. Character creation, development, interaction - and of course the driver of the plot. We'll explore empathy, observation, imagination and the elusive quality of inspiration. 


Module 2

Plot. It's too easy to spend too much time plotting your plot, in my opinion. But without some sort of map how do you know what direction to set off in? We're going to compare and contrast everything from pantser to pre-plot. We'll also look at some of the classic and ancient models such as the hero's journey. 


Module 3

Speech. Dialogue is one of the big challenges for many writers, even experienced writers. How do you make it believable? How do you use it to say things about the speaker or the other characters or the plot? Dialogue can achieve a great deal more than simple prose at multiple levels and we're going from surface to depth! 


Module 4

Tools and techniques. This depends on what you personally are trying to write, but we will look at the rules, both external and internal, of specific genres, everything from science fiction to young adult. The pros and cons of first- or third-person narrative, using present or past tenses, techniques like deus ex machina (or 'cheating' as we might call it), and much more. Then we're going to look at revision. Then look at it again! 


Module 5

Publishing. Traditional or self-published? How can you get an agent? Do you need one? How does publishing work in the 2020s? Is self-publishing a better route and, if so, how do I do that? We'll answer all these questions plus look at the overview of the publishing world including self-publishing with Kindle and Amazon plus the whole field of self-marketing, including ARC (advance reader copies) and a whole lot more. 


There are only so many places available as this is so bespoke to you, so please do not hesitate to either sign up or ask for more details simply by clicking on the email link at the bottom of every page. I look forward to working with you.