Training and Conferences

PLAIN2013 Call for Presenters ends February 28

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:
  • 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!

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Re-energising at Clarity2012

Clarity’s conference in Washington DC in mid-May can’t come soon enough. I’m looking forward to the lift in energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge that attending a plain-language conference always provides. (more…)

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Still Time to Join Plain Language Experts from Around the World

Clarity 2012 Washington DC National Press Club 21-23 May 2012You still have time to register for the 2012 Clarity conference, co-hosted by the Center for Plain Language and Scribes (the American Society of Legal Writers).  Clarity is an international organization focusing on legal language. As a member of any of these organizations (as many of you are), you receive a special conference rate. (more…)

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Clarity 2012 Conference: May 21 – 23

Co-hosted by Clarity with the Center for Plain Language and Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers

National Press Club in Washington DC

As a champion of plain language, here’s why you should attend Clarity 2012:

  • The Speakers: A packed agenda of world-wide experts, including Congressman Bruce Braley,  the Honorable Lee Rosenthal, Eamonn Moran (Hong Kong),  Dr. Neil James (Australia), Susan Kleimann, Prof. Joe Kimble, Bryan Garner, Amy Friend, Dr. Annetta Cheek, Candice Burt (South Africa) and Christopher Balmford (Australia). 
  • The ProgramSessions include exciting master classes on language and structure, insights into new research, and best practices for juries, ballots, criminal law, mobile sites and more. 
  • The ClearMark Awards Banquet: The Center for Plain Language presents our annual ClearMark awards on May 22, celebrating some of the best documents in the U.S., and poking gentle fun at some of the worst. 
  • The Clarity Band: The Clarity Band will perform after the dinner. If the dancing at the Clarity conference in Lisbon, Portugal is anything to go by, then the Clarity Band alone is reason enough to attend the conference. 
  •  Early bird discount — conference fee
    The conference fees (in US$) are:

    • $450 for government employees and members of Clarity, the Center, or Scribes ($400 if you book before March 1)
    • $500 for general public  ($450 if you book before March 1)

 Register online for the conference

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Plain Language for Business Communicators

This year, the 76th annual Association of Business Communication (ABC) conference has invited Annetta Cheek, the Board Chair for the Center for Plain Language, to give the keynote address.  Dr. Cheek will discuss the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and its implications for business communication practitioners.

The conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, this October. This invitation brings business communication academics and practitioners closer to understanding the importance of the use of plain language and the effect that plain language can have on citizens and consumers.

We applaud ABC for offering Dr. Cheek this invitation, and we look forward to the conference and her talk.

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Washington Workshop on Plain Language for Online Readers

Writing Well for Online Readers: Essentials of Writing in Plain Language

October 6 and 7, 2010: Washington, D.C.

If you’re a web content writer, manager, or editor, this course will provide you with what you’ve often said you need: practical guidance on writing plain language web content, examples of effective content, and uninterrupted time to write. (more…)

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Clarity 2010 Calls for Speakers (October 12-14, Lisbon)

Português Claro is delighted to announce the call for speakers for Clarity’s fourth international conference, October 12-14 in Lisbon. (more…)

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Here’s what you missed


Representative Bruce Braley

October 30th was an auspicious day for plain language for two reasons. (Can I use the word “auspicious” in a plain language column?) First, the Center for Plain Language’s Symposium was a huge success. People were almost hanging from the rafters since we maxed out our room at the National Press Club with 120 registrants. In addition to the passionate commitment to plain language exhibited by our audience, our speakers presented us with hard research, case studies, tributes, and salutes to the use of plain language in government and health agencies, and corporate and non-profit environments.

We began the day with a keynote by Rep. Bruce Braley (D. Iowa) who introduced the Plain Language Act into the House of Representatives last year and again this year. (Last year, the House passed the bill with only one, that’s 1, dissenting vote; but the Senate did not vote on the bill. We hope that this year both the House and the Senate will pass the bill.) He illustrated the weight of the language of the new health bill by dropping one of the three health bill binders on the floor, then went on to discuss the importance of plain language in a democracy in which we expect to have an informed citizenry. (more…)

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Achieving Transparency through Plain Language

Drawing of a window (for "clarity") We are expecting our largest audience at the upcoming 2009 Center for Plain Language Symposium: Achieving Transparency through Plain Language. Heeding the call of President Obama, legislators, and regulators, leading practitioners of plain language communications in financial services, government agencies, healthcare, and more will meet at the National Press Club in Washington to discuss Achieving Transparency through Plain Language. As President Obama likes to remind us, information critical to the needs of all citizens should be “in plain language and in plain sight.”


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