Writing Effectively at The World Health Organization

Closings

The purpose of a closing is to bring your document to an appropriate conclusion. You do not want your reader to wonder what to do next or end on a note of uncertainty. Your closing might suggest actions, summarize agreements, restate the main message, thank the reader, or offer further help.

Your closing depends on your purpose, whether your document is responsive or initiative. For example, if you are asking the reader to take an action, the closing should specify that; if there is a deadline, you should state it.

Examples of closings:

Considering your opening and closing before you begin writing will help you draft the correspondence efficiently.

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