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LinkedIn Learning

Writing in Plain English

via LinkedIn Learning

Overview

Learn to write in a way that is easily understood by your target audience: clear and straightforward, appropriate to their reading level, and free of wordiness, clichés, and jargon.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you should know
  • Exercise files
1. Writing Clearly
  • What is plain English?
  • Problems from writing that is not clear
  • Government's impact on plain English
2. Your Writing
  • Catch mistakes by reading aloud
  • Use
3. Make Writing Clear and Plain
  • How to avoid wordiness
  • Simplify sentence structure
  • Use strong verbs
  • Delete extra words from your writing
  • Use multisyllabic words sparingly
  • Avoid corporate jargon in writing
  • Avoid technobabble and legalese
  • Eliminate vague words and expressions
  • Remove gibberish and nonsensical writing
  • Find the right voice
  • Incorporate easy-to-read design features
4. Revise for Easy Understanding
  • Edit flow and content of writing
  • Importance of organization structure
  • Write with a conversational style
  • How to choose meaningful words
Conclusion
  • Review basics of writing in plain English

Taught by

Judy Steiner-Williams

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