Writing in Plain Language

Writing in Plain Language

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Rebecca Schwartz

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Write emails and documents that are read, understood, and acted on


We are overwhelmed with information today—in both our personal and business lives.  Sometimes it’s better to get straight to the point, in a way that doesn’t waste your reader’s time yet doesn’t compromise your professionalism either.  This course teaches you how to use plain language to address your reader’s needs. What do they really need to know? What do you want them to do? We’ll teach you how to think about your reader’s purpose and to write for them so they get the message and your writing does its job.


Topics covered include:

  • Understanding state-specific literacy
  • Organizing your content
  • Writing short sentences and paragraphs
  • Choosing your words wisely
  • Formatting appropriately
  • Using bulleted lists the right way

Course Contents:

# Section # Lesson Length
1 Getting Started 1 Introduction 9:21
2 Organizing Your Content 6:34
3 Writing Shorter Sentences 8:23
4 Using the Readability Tool 6:59
5 Using Active Voice 6:07
6 Choosing Your Words 4:38
2 Writing for Business 7 Writing Plain for Business 2:31
8 Using Your Audience’s Language 8:31
9 Using Emphasis 3:51
10 Writing Shorter Paragraphs 4:28
11 Using Bulleted Lists 6:30
12 Practicing 7:25

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