WordRake and Georgia Southern University Bring Plain Language Editing Software to Undergraduate Students

Sep 15, 2021

WordRake Holdings, LLC, a software company focused on clear and concise editing for professionals, announced that it will bring its software to students in Technical Writing and Plain Language classes in the Writing and Linguistics Program within the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University for Fall 2021. Together, WordRake and Georgia Southern hope to help undergraduate students develop strong writing, editing, and revising habits.

“Extending our academic collaborations to include undergraduate schools reinforces our position that great writing and clear communication is important no matter your educational level or profession,” said Scott Johns, President of WordRake.

The WordRake-Georgia Southern collaboration introduces undergraduate students to writing technology widely used throughout the business world and allows students to hone their writing and editing skills in a supportive environment. About 50 undergraduate students will receive licenses to use the WordRake software on their personal computers for writing assignments. Dr. Joanna Schreiber, whose research interests include project management and technical editing, will lead the classroom integration for the semester. 

This is WordRake’s first collaboration with an undergraduate-serving institution. WordRake launched its first academic collaboration in 2019 starting with Suffolk University Law School and expanded to paralegals in 2020. Both programs will continue for the 2021-22 academic year; additional schools have been added.

“I’m particularly excited about working with Dr. Schreiber who studies project management in technical and professional communication,” said Ivy B. Grey, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for WordRake. “I am confident that WordRake will become the standard-defining professional communication software for efficient, effective businesses so bringing the software to Dr. Schreiber’s classes is an ideal opportunity.”

“I appreciate WordRake for giving our students the chance to use the same software used by professionals across the country,” said Russell Willerton, Ph.D., professor and chair of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. “We want to prepare students to communicate effectively in their workplaces. I am eager for our students to use WordRake in their course assignments.”

I look forward to using WordRake in the classroom to support student learning,” said Joanna Schreiber, Ph.D., associate professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. “Using WordRake will support sentence-level editing strategies and plain language choices.”

About Georgia Southern University

The Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University is unique for incorporating the fields of creative writing, linguistics, professional and technical writing, and writing studies. Courses combine theory and practice to develop reflective, confident writers who can reach many audiences for a variety of purposes in print and electronically. Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and through a growing online program.

About WordRake

Launched in 2012, WordRake is editing software designed by writing expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. WordRake runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggestions appear in the familiar track-changes style. It uses complex, patented algorithms to find and improve weak lead-ins, confusing language, and high-level grammar and usage slips. It improves writing by simplifying and clarifying text, cutting jargon, and recommending plain English replacements. Learn more about bringing WordRake to academic institutions. A free 7-day trial is available at