Writing in Plain English

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Writing in simple language is a powerful tool for all business professionals. Learn how to write in plain English for better results. This course covers how to write in a clear and concise manner.

No one has ever read a document and said, “This is too uncomplicated”.
Writing in a complicated way will confuse your readers. Writing in plain English helps you communicate better with your readers and is more persuasive. It involves the use of simple, active sentences made up of familiar and concrete words.
This virtual course will show you how to create clear documents so you connect with your readers. If you want to communicate for greater clarity and impact by writing in plain English, this is the course for you.

Through discussion and revising writing samples, participants will explore how to follow the principles of plain English for excellent results.
Participants are requested to bring a written sample of their writing to the presentation for self-editing and analysis. This course explores how to write in plain English in a variety of formats.

This course is useful for any professional wanting to simplify their writing to connect with their readers.

This course is designed for all professionals, managers, and administrators wanting to write in plain English to connect better with their readers. The course will focus on how to write in plain English for greater clarity. It is a course for all professionals who want to simplify and clarify their use of language at any stage of their career.

Course format

This course is a virtual and live 5-hour course. Concepts of plain English are explained, then applied through practical exercises and discussions. Real-time interactions such as group activities, polls and Q&As will allow you to connect and ask questions throughout the course. Participants will be given time to self-edit their writing sample and may submit an excerpt for the presenter to review.

About the Presenter

As director of KiwiBoss, employment lawyer Julia Shallcrass develops leaders to improve their communication and management skills. Julia is a practical and engaging presenter with expertise in training HR, people managers, and professionals to create high-performing workplaces. A published writer, she has written feature articles for NZLawyer and is an employment columnist for the NZ Herald.

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You Will Learn:

  • Understand the principles of writing in plain English
  • Write in simple and active sentences in plain English
  • Use strong verbs and nouns that resonate with your readers
  • Avoid using jargon and words that confuse your readers
  • Practise writing in plain English for clear and concise copy
  • Identify common errors to avoid pitfalls
  • Use plain English in a variety of formats
  • Revise and edit writing for clear and concise documents

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2 months ago
I highly recommend this course to anyone whose primary language isn't english.
This is an amazing course.