Training people

We specialise in plain English writing training courses 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 build writing skills. We run our public training in Sydney and cater for 3 skill levels: introductory, intermediate and advanced.

 Editing documents

Our Getting to the point plain English editing services help to create more readable, 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 Getting to the point 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. 

Season's greetings

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Worst words 2014 ... coming soon

In our crusade for clearer public language, we look forward to compiling our list of worst words and phrases every year.

Last year's winner was HSBC for 'demising' (or retrenching) almost 1,000 staff. Who will it be in 2014?

Clear writing courses

Boost your writing skills at our 1-day courses.

1 Writing in Plain English  

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

2 Writing for Readers

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

3 Writing to Persuade

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




Free writing tools

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

Sample edits and top tips

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

Or 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

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