Training people

We specialise in plain English writing training for businesses and government and are an approved provider under the NSW Government's prequalification scheme.

Getting to the point: This in-house training is tailored to your sector. Our signature 2-day workshops include report writing, technical writing, policy writing, ministerial writing, letter and email writing, and web writing.

Clear writing courses: Our 1-day open courses help professionals build writing skills. We run our training in Sydney and cater for 4 skill levels: introductory, intermediate, advanced and specialist.

 Editing documents

Our Getting to the point plain English editing services create engaging and effective documents. 

Our expert editors draw on the latest research in readability and plain language for: 

We can help your team or your entire organisation.

 Building our community

The Foundation champions everyone's right to transparent and ethical public language. 

Our executive director, Neil James (or Dr Plain English), heads our community program.

Follow our activities through social media, and our contributions, including:

  • events we sponsor, like the international PLAIN and Clarity conferences, and the Sydney Writers' Festival 
  • articles and interviews about language
  • public speeches on clear communication.

Worst words of 2014 announced

In our crusade for clearer public language, we look forward to compiling our list of worst words and phrases every year. See which phrase took the prize in 2014.

Find us on Facebook or Twitter to share your candidates for 2015 with us.

1-day Clear writing courses

Writing in Plain English  

Learn the core concepts of plain English in our introductory course.

Writing for Clarity

Learn to balance the needs of your different readers in our intermediate course.

Writing to Persuade

Learn to persuade readers to your point of view in our advanced course.

Writing for the Web

Learn to create clear and engaging web content in our specialist course.




Free writing tools

Our editors have created a toolbox to help you draft clear and compelling documents.

Sample edits

Browse our samples to see what a difference clarity can make.

Top tips

Try our top tips for writing in plain English. You'll be a whiz in no time.

Style quiz

Test your grammar and punctuation in our short style quiz.




Community activities

Read about plain language and how we promote it in the community.

On air and in print

Search our library of interviews, articles and speeches by Neil James.

Our contributions

Learn about our local and international activities.


Keep up to date with our research and ideas.




Modern Manglish cartoon

© Alan Moir