Plain English at Work
– The art and science of effective writing –
Plain English at work

Mark Morris
Speechwriter at the Department of Health
Today we’ll ask…

What is plain English?
How to write in plain English
How to test your work
A quick exercise
What is plain English?

“Communication that emphasises
clarity, brevity, and the avoidance of
technical language.”
Wikiped...
What is plain English?
Clarity of thought
What is plain English?
Clarity of language
What is plain English?
Clarity of language
Short, active sentences
15-20 words

Short, simple words
‘Buy’, not purchase

A...
What is plain English?
Clarity of language
Short, active sentences
15-20 words

Short, simple words
‘Buy’, not purchase

A...
What is plain English?
NOT a total
ban on technical language
What is plain English?

Writing for your reader
What is plain English?

Writing for your reader
The mum test…
What is plain English?

Writing for your reader
20 second test
What is plain English?

Achieving your objectives
What is Plain English?

It’s not a “comms thing”
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Handouts:
How to write in plain English
10 tips for editing
How to write medical information
in plain English
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MHRA plain english in 45 mins

  1. 1. Plain English at Work – The art and science of effective writing –
  2. 2. Plain English at work Mark Morris Speechwriter at the Department of Health
  3. 3. Today we’ll ask… What is plain English? How to write in plain English How to test your work A quick exercise
  4. 4. What is plain English? “Communication that emphasises clarity, brevity, and the avoidance of technical language.” Wikipedia
  5. 5. What is plain English? Clarity of thought
  6. 6. What is plain English? Clarity of language
  7. 7. What is plain English? Clarity of language Short, active sentences 15-20 words Short, simple words ‘Buy’, not purchase As little jargon as possible
  8. 8. What is plain English? Clarity of language Short, active sentences 15-20 words Short, simple words ‘Buy’, not purchase As little jargon as possible, BUT…
  9. 9. What is plain English? NOT a total ban on technical language
  10. 10. What is plain English? Writing for your reader
  11. 11. What is plain English? Writing for your reader The mum test…
  12. 12. What is plain English? Writing for your reader 20 second test
  13. 13. What is plain English? Achieving your objectives
  14. 14. What is Plain English? It’s not a “comms thing”
  15. 15. Support www.read-able.com
  16. 16. Support www.read-able.com
  17. 17. Support www.read-able.com
  18. 18. Support Handouts: How to write in plain English 10 tips for editing How to write medical information in plain English
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