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  • support adult education and training across Ontario

  • build capacity through efficient and effective use of resources

  • develop and complete projects to support the adult literacy field

  • facilitate service coordination and planning

  • support knowledge mobilization and collaboration

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What is Clear Writing? Learning Networks of Ontario and Clear Writing Clear Writing Services and
Recognized Clear Writing Service Providers
Clear Writing Online Course Recognition Process For More Information Contact the Lead Organization

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What is Clear Writing?

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

  • says what you mean
  • puts action into your sentences
  • organizes your paragraphs
  • speaks to your audience
  • considers the message sent
  • considers those who read the message (audience)
  • simplifies concepts and makes concrete thoughts
  • crosses modes of communication - can be used in hard copy, email copy and web-based information

When writing to your audience there are 3 questions you need to ask.

  1. Who is my audience?
  2. What are the needs and abilities of my audience?
  3. What do I want to tell my reader?

Answering these questions will tell you the language level and the tips of Clear Writing you need to use to best reach your audience.

Learning Networks of Ontario and Clear Writing

In 2009 and 2010 the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) funded the Adult Basic Education Association, in partnership with Literacy Link South Central and QUILL Adult Learning Network, the help build Clear Writing Services among the Learning Networks. The results of this project included both a manual with guidelines and approaches as well as network training.

In 2011 the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded Adult Basic Education Association, in partnership with Literacy Link South Central and QUILL Adult Learning Network, in a 2 year project to

  • create a training and marketing DVD
  • develop common marketing materials
  • develop an online Clear Writing course
  • develop a recognition process for Clear Writing Editors, Facilitators, Consultants and Mentors

Clear Writing Services

Several of the Learning Networks in Ontario offer Clear Writing Services within their regions and beyond. These services include

  • facilitating workshops
  • editing documents such as proposals, business plans, resources, flyers, newsletters, etc.
  • reviewing documents and making recommendations
  • providing organizational needs assessments

Click here to find a recognized Clear Writing Service Provider near you.

Clear Writing Online Course

This is a public course that you can take to learn how to use Clear Writing principles to help you write clearly at work, while volunteering, and in your daily life. It is also the first step in the recognition process. The online course is 12 weeks in length and costs $295. Through this course you will be introduced to Clear Writing principles and will put them into use through weekly exercises. You can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week participating in the course. Your work will be marked by an instructor.

This course is asynchronous so there are no live sessions. It is delivered on the Moodle platform. Participants will need an Internet connection.

Click here for the course flyer.

Click here to register for the next course.

Recognition Process

Through the Learning Networks of Ontario you can become recognized as a Clear Writing

  • Editor
  • Facilitator
  • Consultant (both editor and facilitator)

Your level of recognition is valid for 3 years and can be maintained by obtaining points through the completion of specific tasks (click here to see the maintenance chart).

Click here to see the fees.

The first step is to enroll in the online course. Everyone must first go through the online course before beginning the recognition process. Once you have gone through the online course you will be able to access the forms to begin the registration process.

Click here for more detailed information about the recognition process.

Why Should I Go Through the Recognition Process?

Being recognized through the Learning Networks of Ontario (LNO) increases your professional profile and allows you to be listed as a Clear Writing Provider on the LNO website.

You will have

  • access to consistent information
  • skills to provide consistent delivery of training across Ontario
  • guidelines to follow
  • access to a support system
  • mentors to guide you
  • credentials to increase your employability
  • networking opportunities
  • potential for job opportunities

For more information contact the Lead Organization

Adult Basic Education Association