Public workshops

Our public workshops are open to everyone and they’re delivered online so you can join us from wherever you are. You’ll be working with like-minded individuals as you practise your new skills and learn from our expert trainers.

Our most popular workshop is the 1-day Plain Language Essentials that introduces you to the core concepts of plain language that you can apply to all your workplace communications.

For lawyers, we offer specialist training in legal communications. Our half-day Plain Language for Lawyers course helps you write clear, concise contracts, advices and other legal documents.

From time to time, we offer other workshops from our range. Just keep an eye on our schedule to find a date and workshop that suits you. 

Frequently asked questions

Yes. All our public workshops are delivered virtually on Zoom. Face-to-face workshops are only available for corporate teams

We limit the participant numbers for public workshops. Plain Language Essentials is limited to 15 people, and Plain Language for Lawyers is limited to 12. This means you get plenty of time to ask questions and get feedback on the writing exercises.

Check our schedule to start the enrolment process. You can enrol as an individual or make multiple enrolments on behalf of other people, either for the same date or workshops on different dates. You can use your Visa or Mastercard. We do not accept American Express. 

All you need is a computer connected to the internet, an email account and the Zoom app. Check your computer camera and microphone work and use a headset or earbuds if you’re in a shared space.

A couple of days before the workshop, we’ll send you login details for our training hub. Once you’ve reset your password, use this link and your updated details to log into the hub on training day. Click on the virtual classroom icon to join the Zoom meeting. You’ll have access to the materials for 12 months.

Contact us at least 15 business days before your workshop date to reschedule. Otherwise you will forfeit the full fee. We do not rebook or refund no-shows, so please contact us if you cannot attend.

You will learn how to make your writing, simple, clear and concise with our 7 essential tools for effective plain language writing:

  1. Process – reassess your approach to workplace writing.
  2. Core message – focus your content and trim unnecessary detail.
  3. Structure – learn the different ways to present your material.
  4. Design – use layout to convey content more effectively.
  5. Tone – adapt the tone of your writing to engage readers.
  6. Clarity – activate verbs to strengthen certainty of meaning.
  7. Readability – adjust words and sentences to boost reading ease.

You will get a refresh of your legal writing skills and learn about 4 tools to help you write clear, client-focused advices and transactional documents:

  1. Core message – focus your content and trim unnecessary detail from client-facing texts.
  2. Structure – review how you present and prioritise your information in transactional documents.
  3. Tone – adapt the tone of your writing to engage readers with legal and non-legal backgrounds.
  4. Readability – adjust words and phrases to boost reading ease while retaining legal precision.

'This was an amazing course! I am now looking forward to reformatting a document that I have been putting off.'

Research, corporate sector

'It was the most useful training I have received in my career!'

Engagement officer, public sector agency

'I found today’s session really helpful and I will be going back on some of my draft documents to see how I can amend them to reflect the training we had today.'

Senior case manager, regulator

'Normally whole-day workshops, especially virtual ones, are very taxing. However, this one kept my interest all day.'

Business development officer, environment utility

'This is one of the best courses I have ever done. The skills I have learnt today will immediately benefit my work. Thank you very much!'

Events coordinator, Education organisation
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