Clear Writing


SMLN uses the term Clear Writing.  You may also hear the term “Plain Language” or “Clear Language”.   SMLN uses Clear Writing to include all aspects of writing – from language, to format, to style.


Clear Writing is about the way you communicate in writing. It’s about the

  • language you use
  • format of your document
  • design of your document


Clear Writing helps you say what you mean, simply and clearly.  The purpose of Clear Writing is to speak to your audience.  It does not “dumb-down” your document.  It considers the people who will be reading your document.  Clear Writing helps us get the information across quickly and efficiently in any medium.


Clear Writing helps

  • save time and money
  • make your product or service information easier to read and understand
  • ensure accessibility – vital information is understood by all
  • your organization meet the standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • reduce training and down-time costs while increasing productivity and safety


Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network is your local Clear Writing specialist.  We offer a variety of services that will help make your messages clear and easy to understand.


Document Consultation

  • review documents and make recommendations
  • consult on development of documents at various stages (e.g. prior to development, mid-way, upon draft completion)
  • review and re-write documents


Clear Writing Workshops

  • provide workshops to staff about the principles of clear writing
  • design workshops for specific audiences


Organizational Audits

  • analyze documents, signage, display boards etc. of an organization
  • provide written report on findings with recommendations


Quick Screen Consultation for non-profit agencies

  • review documents (maximum of 2 pages) and provide expert clear language advice
  • maximum free consultation is one hour


For more information or to book a Clear Writing Service, please call 705-326-7227 or 1-888-518-4788.