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Starting with discussion of literacy, communication, and critical thinking, this condensed writing course explains the writing essentials such as clarity, conciseness, and using plain language. Particularly to the investigative writing, the presenter talks about applying greater efforts to your texts due to wider reading audience including hostile readers. Investigators must be mindful of subtle meanings of words they chose, and of different inference that can be drawn from an ambiguous sentence.

Tools for evaluating your writing are further exemplified.  To effectively deliver a message, use shorter sentences and paragraphs, easy-to-read font and size, avoid passive voice.  Investigation report writing is examined in further details.  A useful chart on vetting reports concludes the presentation.


Derek recently retired from 40+ years in the security and investigation industry.  His last posting was with TD Bank, where he spent his time writing briefing notes, and in general developing a reporting regime.  Before TD he worked Sun Life Financial, OPG--Ontario Power Generation, and in the former Metro Toronto Housing Authority (now Toronto Community Housing).  

At OPG Derek spent time with a tutor to develop his writing skills for senior audiences in business and government, and he maintains those skills he learned to this day.  This fall he is starting his own small consultancy to assist others in the security and investigation world by writing for them, or delivering training and tutoring for staff.  You can reach him for further information at derek.knights@writeknights.ca.

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