After years of seeing people struggling to read information, understand content and create clear messages for their audiences, we created the PlainLanguageAcademy.com to help. We also designed it on plain language principles: easy to understand, efficient to navigate and effective to turn into actions. We love how our students participate, interact and give us feedback.
Meet Kate Harrison Whiteside
Academy owner and facilitator
I am so passionate about plain language. It is the answer to connecting to others. It makes your communications stand out and it leads to client-services excellence.
I started out as a writer and editor, using my journalism skills in government, business, and organizational communications. I chose to start my own business and the adventure just keeps going, the Academy being the latest destination. With my entrepreneurial experience came many new opportunities, like offering training, specializing in plain language, and developing online content. It has all come together in the Plain Language Academy.
We strive to keep our courses simple and satisfying.
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Meet Cheryl Stephens,
Content Developer and Legal Editing Facilitator
I came to plain language in 1989 when I was trying to rationalize and make consistent the template documents of a mid-sized law firm.
I could see then that plain language is a best practice for any communicator. Since then I have been sharing, practicing, and contributing to the development of plain language.