Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose

by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee


Nicely Said is the best book I’ve read on the art and craft of writing. It’s clear, concise, timely, and compelling—in other words, exactly the kind of content the authors teach you to create.”
—Kristina Halvorson, coauthor of Content Strategy for the Web

“Writing is a skill that will hugely benefit anyone’s career, and luckily, it’s a skill that anyone can learn. Nicely Said is a wonderful guide to writing clearly and concisely for the audience you’re trying to reach. Whether you’re a professional or just getting started, you’ll find a ton to steal from here.”
—Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work!

“Nicole and Kate have written a user experience manual for words. Not only will Nicely Said make you a better writer, but more importantly, it’ll make your users better readers.”
—Craig Mod, designer and cofounder of

“Between them, Kate and Nicole have written for many of the web’s most valuable and respected companies. Their commitment to clarity and kindness is the result of their experience, and it makes them extraordinary teachers.”
—Erin Kissane, author of The Elements of Content Strategy

Nicely Said should be read by anyone who touches site content.”
—Dudley Storey, author and contributing editor of Smashing Magazine

“A fantastic, practical and elegant guide to improving your web writing.”
—Net Magazine

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About the Authors

Kate Kiefer Lee

Kate Kiefer Lee is the communications director at MailChimp and a former magazine editor. She has written for publications like Forbes and A List Apart, and spoken about web content around the world. She teaches people how to write like they talk.

Nicole Fenton

Nicole Fenton is an editor, strategist, and educator in Brooklyn. She has worked at a large social network, a startup incubator, a design studio, and Apple. She manages content projects at 18F and teaches writing as a design practice.