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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dona J Young  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in Oak Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dona is a life long Illinois resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dona Young is president of The Writer’s Toolkit and Writer’s Toolkit Publishing LLC. In addition to teaching professional writing at Indiana University Northwest, she designs and facilitates corporate training programs. Young speaks at numerous conferences and conducts training programs throughout the country. She holds a B.A. from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. from The University of Chicago. Young also earned a certificate from The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, which enables her to work with the emotional aspects of learning. She considers herself a life-long learner, believing that who we become is a result of what we learn. Beyond that, her dog Jake keeps her from taking work, or life, too seriously.

Published Works

  • Foundations of Business Communication: An Integrative Approach, Career Education, 2005
  • Business English: Writing in the Global Workplace , Career Education, 2007
  • The Mechanics of Writing: Which Comes First, the Comma or the Pause?, Writer's Toolkit Publishing, LLC , 2008
  • The Little Prince Who Taught a Village to Sing and Andrew's Story (with Andrew Skoda), CreateSpace, 2011
  • The Writer's Handbook: Grammar for Writing , CreateSpace, 2011
  • Angry E-Mail: How to Put a Lid on It, CreateSpace, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Foundations of business communication :
ISBN: 0072979542. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill/Irwan,. Boston :. ©2006.

Business English :
ISBN: 0073545422. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. New York, NY :. 2008.

Business English: Writing for the Global Workplace takes the approach that local language has value in informal environments with Business English being the best choice in formal environments. With this text, students will use their local language (or dialect) to become more proficient with Business English. The text achieves this by comparing and contrasting the two language systems, "building a wall" between Business English and local language. Because technology has made the world smaller, the ability to speak and write Business English has never been more important. Just about every job in the marketplace now includes writing e-mail and speaking to people from diverse cultures. This book provides the tools needed for the global workplace. A student who has mastered the principles presented here will have a solid foundation in speaking and writing Business English to people from around the world.

The mechanics of writing :
ISBN: 098157422X. OCLC Number:

Writer's Toolkit Publishing, LCC,. Charleston, S.C. :. ©2008

The little prince who taught a village to sing :
ISBN: 1461005183. OCLC Number:

Writer's Toolkit Publishing, LCC,. Charleston, S.C. :. ©2011.

Angry e-mail :
ISBN: 1463545894. OCLC Number:

Writer's Toolkit Publishing, LCC,. Charleston, S.C. :. ©2011.

Develop a strategy, not simply a response. No one is immune from angry e-mail - feelings are a fact of life. How you respond is a choice. Angry e-mail gives professionals options for managing e-mail effectively, especially when tensions run high. By understanding readers' expectations, you can respond so that you not only solve the problem but also enhance the relationship.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Please contact Dona at or 219-763-9794