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Business Writing Web Courses Now Available

Our 18 web courses are designed as a true asynchronous experience. What does this mean? It means that scheduling is entirely in your hands as there are no required start and end dates. We list an estimated completion time for each course, but because our courses are self-directed, you can take as much time as you need to complete them.

In addition, there are no required online chat discussions with other participants or in-person meetings with instructors. For these reasons, web courses are ideal if you’re self-motivated, have an ever-changing schedule, or can’t attend in-person sessions in a set location. While interaction with others isn’t required, we are here for you when you need us. Our instructional staff will respond to your questions via email, so you can contact us whenever you need to.

Each web course is designed to be engaging and interesting. The content is chunked to make it easier to process what you’ve learned. Multiple activities build your confidence, knowledge and skills. After each course, you’ll complete an assessment to confirm your understanding and extend your learning to this more complex task. We’ll evaluate your assessment and return it to you with feedback regarding your strengths as well as areas where you would benefit from further review.

Our web courses offer you flexibility and an interactive experience, allowing you to be an active participant in control of your own learning.

Try our demo to get a better idea of how our courses are designed.

We’d be happy to answer your questions about this training option. Please contact Eclectic at 204-221-0584 or We look forward to hearing from you and getting you started with your web course training.

If you’re interested in a variety of our web courses, you can also consider our packages. Volume discounts are available. Please contact us to create a custom plan for your organization. 

Facilitator Highlight - Susan Portelance

I started Prairie Scribe in November of 2010. I had wanted to be a freelance writer and editor for years, but never had the guts to do it. After being laid off for the second time in five years, I realized there was no security in a regular job either, so I took the plunge.

It was slow going the first year. I felt I didn’t have enough experience to market myself aggressively and I sometimes felt I was making things up as I went along. But things started to perk up in year two. I edited two self-published novels (one good, one not-so-good) and started to get regular work with one client.

I usually work with small businesses that don’t have full-time communications staff or organizations that have too much work to be done in-house. I’ve written web content, business plans, white papers, case studies and more. I love that I get to learn about new industries and work on many different types of projects.

Three years ago, I started to also do work with Eclectic. Since writing is a solitary pursuit that can often be done in my kitchen while wearing pajamas, it’s nice to get out to teach and meet people face to face with my Eclectic work.

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to combine my writing and teaching skill sets while helping with the series of writing books that Eclectic is launching. It’s been an exciting project to work on, and I can’t wait to see the finished products this fall.

Post Book Launch

Thank you again to everyone who was able to attend the book launch this weekend. For those of you who were travelling or getting ready for your Thanksgiving dinner, I thought I'd share a few words from the event. 

I’m dedicating these books to all readers in the world. 

I have written these books for the high school student who is filling out a student loan application wanting to go to university so badly but not understanding how to complete the form.

I have written these books for the first time mother home with her newborn trying to understand the letter Employment Insurance mailed to her about her maternity leave benefits.

I have written these books for the homeowners who are renewing their house insurance and trying to figure out the differences in coverage.

I have written these books for the husband who is applying for life insurance and reading that fine print to make sure he’s covered.

I have written these books for the newcomer who receives a letter from the immigration office explaining the next steps of the process.

I have written these books for the man who is receiving a letter of instructions before his next set of tests at the hospital.

I have written these books for the woman who is reading through the purchasing agreement of her new car.

I have written these books for all of us.

As readers, we all deserve to clearly understand what is being communicated to us at school, work and home. And that’s why my team and I were so committed to write these books. 

Our books are available online if you're interested in purchasing one or all of them. 

Book Launch: The Eclectic Writing Series

On October 11 at 2 PM at McNally Robinson we are officially launching The Eclectic Writing Series. Please consider joining us in this celebration.

The Eclectic Writing Series includes four handbooks that guide you through the writing process to create well-written and professional business documents.

Solving the Grammar Dilemma helps you master the art of grammar for the workplace.

Writing with Clarity and Conciseness reveals powerful techniques any business can use to achieve the 8 Cs of communication.

Using Writing and Editing Methods that Work helps you master the skills to effectively communicate your ideas through emails, letters and other documentation.

Writing Effective Manuals, Reports and Proposals walks you step by step through the process of creating these essential documents.

A special thanks goes out to my book contributors: Susan Portelance, Joan Padgett, Amanda Le Rougetel, and Frank Reimer. I am grateful for their collaboration and contributions. 

Writing and grammar instructors lead exciting lives, you know!

I decided that the summer of 2015 was the summer I needed to go horseback riding in Mongolia. So I did. But I took an unconventional way of getting there…

I decided to first spend a few days in Beijing, with a day trip to the Great Wall. Have you ever been to Beijing? I loved it and I’d recommend you visit. I found the city very easy to get around on by foot and metro, very safe, and quite friendly. I didn’t do many of the super touristy things, but I did line up with the masses at Mao’s mausoleum and I did marvel at all the beautiful clothing in the many boutiques. Yes, you can buy shlock in Beijing, but you can also buy quality goods.

The Great Wall was indeed grand! Make sure you wear good walking shoes and bring water, especially in summer. It was very hot.

I then took the Trans-Siberian train from Beijing to the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. The train ride was 27 hours, and it crossed a variety of landscapes, including the Gobi Desert. I loved the experience!

I arrived in Ulaanbaatar and immediately fell for the city. It’s quite a contrast of old and new. It’s vibrant, hip, inexpensive, and full of crazy drivers, so look out! But Ulaanbaatar was just another distraction from the real goal of my trip: horseback riding.

I spent the next two weeks riding across the steppes, the mountains, the rivers, the marshes, and the dunes of Zavkhan province. I rode with a group made up of seven nationalities; we camped in tents next to a river every night. We traveled with Mongolian wranglers, a Mongolian cook, and a translator. It was a brilliant experience. The horses are strong, fearless, and fast! I was so impressed with them.

One of the best comments I heard on the trip came from a wrangler when one of the riders asked him how long it would take to get from A to B: he told the person to look at their watch before we left, and then look at it again when we arrived. That, he said, would be how long it took us. Sage advice!

If you have a sense of adventure, patience, and a willingness to bathe in cold rivers, I’d recommend a horse riding adventure in Mongolia. And I’d recommend you get there by train from Beijing.

Happy trails! 
Kari Hasselriis


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