Plain English services

Rewriting complex text in plain English
Writing text for the general public
Adapting text to particular audiences
Creating engaging text from dry technical descriptions
Untangling noun strings and foggy writing

Sample Plain English projects

Heritage Plan for County Carlow Heritage Office
Legal information booklets for Decision Support Service
Data protection policies for Trócaire
Insurance policies for FBD Insurance
Government report for public sector client
House style guide for Mental Health Commission

Plain English example

Original version:

You are requested to pay the premium on your subscription, which is now overdue. We hereby give notice that unless the premium on your subscription is paid within 30 days from the date of this notification, we intend to cancel the account with immediate effect.

(Flesch-Kincaid reading ease: college level. Around 33 per cent of adults can read at this level.)

Plain English version:

Please pay your subscription as it is overdue. Your subscription will be cancelled if you do not pay by 30 June.

(Flesch-Kincaid reading ease: 12- to 13-year-olds. Around 90 per cent of adults can read at this level. Plain language techniques include using familiar words, using an appropriate tone, and replacing the vague date with a concrete one.)