Plain Language


This course builds from writing fundamentals to help the learner use plain language concepts, including short sentences and active voice, and to avoid common issues, including using too much jargon, and use of abstract words in the development of documents and technical reports. Plain language supports clarity in documents designed for non-expert audiences.

Course content will include the following topics: 

  • Plain language principles including use of shorter sentences, active voice, and strong verbs
  • Revising for abstract words, excessive jargon, and unnecessary details
  • Revising for document layout including effective use of typeface, white space, line and paragraph spacing, and visual cues

This program has been developed in collaboration with The Center for Public Safety Excellence®. 

+ Features

This course features several focuses for practical use. This includes a focus on correspondence with internal and external stakeholders including training classes, fire incident reports, administrative policies, social media, and community risk assessment – standards of cover. The author of responses to the self-assessment process will also benefit from this course.

+ Notes

Group Training

For more information on available discounts for customized group training opportunities for groups of 10 or more from the same organization, please contact Program Manager Sarah Harper at swalz@gmu.edu

+ Designed For

This course is designed for company officers through chief fire officers.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Plain Language
Online, self paced
Feb 06, 2023 to Feb 10, 2023
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $450.00
  • McKinley Green
Section Notes
Course Registration Deadline: 1/30/2023
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