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October 26, 2019: Plain Language from Start to Finish

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Room 840, 8th floor, BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $165 for Editors Canada members ($135 early bird), $230 for non-members ($200 early bird), and $100 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes October 22; early-bird rates are in effect through October 9.

Being able to convey information clearly and succinctly is an essential skill for editors, especially those who work on documents for the public. In legal, medical, and emergency situations, having clear communication may be a matter of life or death.

This interactive seminar will give you tools to create a document in plain language, with exercises and activities to practise what you’ve learned. We’ll explore plain language as a process that entails:

  • audience analysis,
  • ethical considerations,
  • language considerations,
  • design considerations, and
  • user testing.

Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor and has won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, and the Karen Virag Award. She holds a Master of Publishing degree and a PhD in health sciences, and she teaches the Plain Language in Health Literacy course in SFU’s Plain Language Certificate program.

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