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Writing for websites course

This course looks at how to use plain English to write effective website copy. It gives tips about good use of layout, language and design, as well as explaining the various accessibility issues affecting people writing online publications.

Please note that this course is not a web design course. It is aimed at people who are required to write for the web using content management systems.

The course will cover the following:

  • Tips for clearer writing
  • Active writing
  • Writing concisely
  • Righting some writing wrongs
  • Using lists
  • Writing text links
  • 'Alt' tags and images
  • Links and navigation
  • Forms
  • Accessibility

This course is available as an open course, an inhouse course or an online course. Both the open and inhouse courses have an initial session that covers the principles of plain English. Please note that if you have been on the one-day ‘plain English course’ in the last year or so, you will find you have already covered these principles.

The online course, on the other hand is intended as a supplementary course, and you may wish to consider also taking either the plain English letters or reports course.

The course timings (for open and inhouse courses) are:

Start 9.30am
Coffee 11am
Lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Coffee 3pm
Finish 5pm

Ordering the 'Writing for websites course' as an inhouse course:

The course costs £100 plus VAT (Total price £120). You use the course on a password-protected website. Your fee gives you unlimited access to the course for two weeks.

We accept payment in pounds sterling (GBP), euros (EUR), US dollars (USD), Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand dollars (NZD).

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