Online course and downloads
Learn plain English and effective business writing with our online course
If you're too busy to come on a course, we have online products that will help you start using plain English straight away. We have five products that you can either download or access online:

• an online Writing plain English course
• an online plain English phrase book
• an e-booklet version of our plain English phrase book
• a plain English tips e-booklet
• an e-booklet grammar and punctuation guide.
You can download these products and pay securely by credit or debit card or by PayPal, or ‒ if your organisation is paying ‒ we can send you an invoice.

Ordering for your organisation


We can give you generous discounts if you would like to order any of these products for groups of your staff. You'll see more information below.

Tailoring for your organisation

If you want a tailored version of any of these products for your organisation please let us know and we will be happy to help. Your staff will get even more from the products if they have your own branding, focus on issues that are relevant to you, and use in-house examples to illustrate the learning points.

So what do I need to do?

You can see more details below about each of the products. If you'd like to order by card or PayPal you can go straight to our subscription page.

If you'd like more information about buying products for your organisation, please email us, or phone 0114 2571400 and ask for Dave Fox.

See our refunds policy.

Online 'Writing plain English' course

You can start learning how to use plain English straight away by signing up for our online course. You can learn at your own pace, at home or at work. The course takes around four hours to work through, but you don't have to do it all at once.

The course includes all the topics that we cover in our successful classroom courses and there are lots of exercises to help you apply your new-found skills and knowledge.

Find out more, or phone 0114 2571400 and ask for Dave Fox.

Online 'plain English phrase book'

The online phrase book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to write in plain English. It's a bit like a dictionary or thesaurus, but gives plain English 'translations' for hundreds of complex or bureaucratic words and phrases. There's also advice on the words writers most often confuse: 'affect' and 'effect', 'complement' and 'compliment', 'fewer' and 'less', 'principal' and 'principle' and so on.

You can order here if you're paying by credit/debit card or PayPal, or email us if you're ordering on behalf of your organisation. Look at a free sample of the phrase book.

E-booklet 'plain English phrase book'

This e-booklet (.pdf) is an essential guide for anyone who wants to write in plain English. It's a bit like a dictionary or thesaurus, but gives plain English 'translations' for hundreds of complex or bureaucratic words and phrases.

You can order here if you're paying by credit/debit card or PayPal, or email us if you're ordering on behalf of your organisation.

Plain English tips e-booklet

This e-booklet (.pdf) has all the information you need to start writing in plain English. We've been editing documents and training writers for over 20 years, and we've packed all that experience and knowledge into this booklet. It covers all the essential techniques, and presents them in a novel and engaging way.

You can order here if you're paying by credit/debit card or PayPal, or email us if you're ordering on behalf of your organisation.

E-booklet grammar and punctuation 'teach-yourself' guide

Our teach-yourself guide will help you get to grips with all the important aspects of English grammar and punctuation.

Our 33-page, A4 guide looks at nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and answers questions such as 'is it ok to start a sentence with 'And' or 'But'?' and 'what is a split infinitive?'. Look at the full contents list.

You can order here if you're paying by credit/debit card or PayPal, or email us if you're ordering on behalf of your organisation.
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