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PLAIN2013, an international plain language conference, invites submissions through February 28, 2013. The conference focuses on new skills, knowledge, research, and best practices to advance plain language. ”Plenary speakers from around the globe will cover topics like the future avenues for plain language, recent research findings, design of an international training program, ethical issues, and the effects of recent brain research on our work.” (Conference website)
The PLAIN2013 Call for Presenters page includes submission guidelines and descriptions.
Opportunities for presenters
- Round Robin Table Topics
- Reader conversations with authors
- Concurrent sessions: Facilitating a workshop or information session
- Registrant’s Display Tables
- Registrant’s poster sessions
- Commercial exhibitor booths
The PLAIN2013 Call for Presenters page includes opportunity descriptions, such as:
“Workshops are opportunities to share knowledge and skills in areas of interest to plain language practitioners through interactive and practical learning experiences. We’re looking for presenters who use interactive, adult-learning strategies. We are interested in business and personal development topics and skill development in related fields like user testing or design.
“In information sessions, experienced educators or trainers present topics and discuss their relevance to our field. Again, we stress interaction at this conference. Your proposal must devote adequate time to discussion and participant questions.”
About the PLAIN2013 Conference
- Website: http://www.plain2013.org
- When: October 10-13, 2013
- Where: Vancouver, Canada
- Hosts: PLAIN and Community Plain Language Services Corp. are the co-hosts of the conference.
- Submissions due: February 28, 2013
Community Plain Language Services Corp. is a Vancouver-based non-profit created by PLAIN’s founder Cheryl Stephens. This is the 9th biennial conference of Plain Language Association InterNational. See you in Vancouver!
Our colleague, Cynthia Baur, plain language lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just posted some new tools you might find useful. They can help large, complex organizations like government agencies make plain language everyday practice.
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Once again, the Center for Plain Language will honor the best of plain language in original documents, revised documents, websites, legal language, and multimedia. We’ve streamlined the process this year to make it even easier to enter.
But why should you nominate an entry for a ClearMark Award?
Here are 6 good reasons: (more…)
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The FDA shares information about these products every day, so it’s essential that they write clearly so you can understand and use their information easily to protect your health. (more…)