We specialise in plain English writing training for businesses and government.
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 to build writing skills. We cater for 4 skill levels: introductory, intermediate, advanced and specialist.
Our Getting to the point® plain English editing services create engaging and effective texts.
Our expert editors draw on the latest research in readability and plain language for:
- in-depth editing of complex material like reports, contracts, policies and guidelines
- template development like briefing notes, letters and procedures
- writing evaluations of individual documents, sets of reports or whole websites.
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.
Plain English Awards winners announced
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 WriteMark NZ Plain English Awards! We were delighted to be involved again this year as a judge for the People's Choice category.
Visit the awards website to see the full list of winners and finalists.
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 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.
Browse our samples to see what a difference clarity can make.
Try our top tips for writing in plain English. You'll be a whiz in no time.
Test your grammar and punctuation in our short style quiz.
Learn more 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.
Read about our local and international activities.
Keep up to date with our research and ideas.
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