Plain Language Workshop

“The course is very well written and relates well to our everyday needs on the job.”
– Stephanie Bernard, Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission

Also known as clear language, plain language has quickly become a standard for clarity and coherence in business writing in North America.

Using examples, exercises and your own writing samples in a practical and interactive approach, this two-day course offers an overview of the principles of plain language. At the end of the course, you will be able to measure the style of your own documents with the same criteria that professional editors use.

Note: We offer our public sessions of this course in a one-day format.

Two companion courses supplement your language skills: The ESL Writer’s Workshop, for those who use English as a second language, and The Grammar Refresher, a review of the grammar rules related to workplace writing.

We frequently run this course as a public session. Check the current public schedules in Ottawa and Toronto.

Who Should Attend
Business and technical writers who wish to measure their own documents against the current editorial standards of plain language.

Course Topics
In this two-day workshop, you will address the following topics:

  • the definition and role of plain language in the modern workplace
  • streamlined sentences
  • stronger verb constructions
  • solid paragraphs
  • effective word choice

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