We help our clients make their written messages clear. Our clients are government agencies, companies large and small, and NGOs and not-for-profit organisations.
Write has been using the power of words for good since 1989.
Over the years, we’ve gathered solid evidence of the link between an organisation’s writing style and its success. And we’ve developed approaches that help our clients change their writing culture for the better.
Our chief executive, Lynda Harris, wrote the book on how you can change your writing culture, and why the change makes good business sense.
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Our people are trusted advisors, writers, editors, plain-language trainers and coaches — and experts on the techniques and real-world benefits of plain language.
In an average year, our 30-plus team edit or create millions of words, and run 500 workshops that help nearly 6,000 people get better results from their writing.
We’re the founding sponsor and host of New Zealand’s Plain Language Awards. The Awards promote and celebrate plain language in public, legal, financial, and health information.
The WriteMark® is a quality mark awarded to documents and websites that meet a high standard of plain language. We launched the WriteMark in 2005, and WriteMark Plus — which includes user testing — in 2018.
Our clients are savvy people from every sector.
Our government clients use clear business writing to work efficiently, build trust, and increase transparency. We work with whole organisations, teams, and individuals, helping them get their day-to-day work done and reach their strategic goals.
Our commercial and professional clients know that clear communication delivers business results. We help law firms, banks, insurance companies, large retailers, and financial advisors work efficiently, and connect with clients and customers.
We’re used to helping clients clear up — never dumb down — complex legal and financial information.
NGOs and not-for-profit organisations use plain language to empower the clients, groups, and communities they work with.
We help our clients bridge communication gaps, and make messages clear to stakeholders.
Read our case studies to find out about some of the clients we’ve worked with. See the challenges they faced, the results they achieved, and what we learned together on the way.
We partner with Gusto on projects with a design component.
Gusto is a full-service design agency. They specialise in crafting clear, compelling visual stories that move audiences to understand, engage, remember, and act.
They make complex information clear using visual design, creating memorable and engaging infographics, animations, or other storytelling pieces.
Our mission is to help organisations and individuals get more value from their daily investment in business communication.
When we fulfil our mission, we help build a fairer, more respectful society. A society where people can communicate their ideas clearly, and find the information they need.
Our tagline is ‘Using the power of words for good’.
We know that words have power. Whether you’re trying to persuade, inform, or ask something — of one person or a whole nation — words are your most powerful tool. So we believe in using words for good. We look for clients who believe that too.
B Corp businesses balance purpose and profit, and we’re excited that we’ve achieved B Corp Certification.
We’ve joined a group of like-minded organisations that believe in using business — including their words — for good.
When you work with us, you’ll see that our values make a difference.
We’re enthusiastic members of these professional associations.
Our staff volunteer in the community as individuals, and as representatives of Write.
We regularly donate to three charities:
A document in plain language is easy for the intended reader to read, understand, and act on. The WriteMark is a quality mark for documents and websites that meet a high standard of plain language.
Before we award a WriteMark, we measure the content against 28 plain language criteria.
It’s a high bar. People tell us that when their content achieves a WriteMark, it feels like getting an Oscar for plain language.
We launched the WriteMark in 2005, and WriteMark Plus — which includes user testing — in 2018.
Holders of the WriteMark and WriteMark Plus include financial services firms, healthcare organisations, law firms, and government agencies.
See whose written communication has won a WriteMark or WriteMark Plus
WriteMark Limited is Write’s sister company. Write administers the WriteMark and WriteMark Plus, and arranges assessments by qualified consultants.
We’ve grown from small beginnings in 1989 to become the largest plain language consultancy in the world. We’re at the forefront of the plain language movement in New Zealand, and a long-standing member of the international plain language community.
Our Chief Executive, Lynda Harris, won the prestigious Mowat Award for her ‘…significant contribution to advancing plain language at the local, regional, national, or international levels’.
We’re the founding sponsor and host of New Zealand’s Plain Language Awards. The Awards promote and celebrate clear communication in the public, and private sector, including legal, financial, health, and other information. The Awards also inspired the US ClearMark Awards.
We administer the WriteMark® Plain Language Standard — an international symbol of clarity awarded to documents written to a high standard of plain language.
Over the years, we’ve produced compelling evidence of the link between an organisation’s writing style and its ultimate success. And we’ve developed techniques to help our clients change their writing culture for the better. Lynda Harris has distilled these gems in a book that shows how change is not only possible, but necessary for better business.
Many of our talented team actively support their own favourite charities and causes. As a company we give back a portion of our profits every year too. We particularly support the Life Flight Trust and the Wellington City Mission.
We support clear communication in New Zealand and overseas. We’re enthusiastic members of these professional associations.