What is plain language?

"A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can readily find what they need, understand it, and use it."

Check your writing against the plain language checklist.

What we do

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Award great work

Each spring, we give juried ClearMark Awards to the best consumer-directed writing from government, private, and non-profit organizations.
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Publicize bad writing

WonderMark Awards publicize bad writing. Companies who fix it can win Turn-around Awards.    
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Federal Plain Language Report Card

Each fall, we grade US federal agencies on their plain language efforts. This gets some great press!    
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Experts provide tips, discuss emerging trends and answer questions about plain language.
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Connect companies and consultants

Need an expert? Check our list of experienced consultants, speakers and trainers.
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Support plain writing legislation

We educate Congress (and others) about the importance of plain language, both on the Hill and in our home districts.

What you can do

Write better

Write better

Use our 5 step checklist to guide your plain language efforts. Then check out the other tools.

Become a member

Become a member

Members get discounts on workshops, events and ClearMark nominations. Join now.

Speak up about bad writing

Speak up about bad writing

Mystified by what you’re reading? WonderMarks expose gobbledygook that companies and agencies throw at us.

Support the Center and Plain Language

Support the Center and Plain Language

Sponsors and members make our events possible. You can sponsor the Center or an event.

2016 ClearMark Sponsors

Corporate Circle

Communicate Health
Institute for Healthcare Advancement
Redish & Associates, Inc.
Circuit Media
Clear Language Group
Plain Language Health
Solstice Benefits