|Plain Language: The Basics|
with Peter Moskos
This workshop is presented in partnership by Editors British Columbia and the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI).
According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network , 42 percent of adult Canadians have difficulty reading the texts necessary to their daily lives (www.literacy.ca/literacy/literacy-sub). For many of these people, as well as those of us with little time to read documents more than once, plain language is a must.
This course introduces plain language with participants working in groups and learning by doing. The course manual (included in the registration fee) demonstrates basic plain language techniques and provides “before” and “after” examples, practical exercises, and an easy-to-use checklist.
You will learn
The plain language writing techniques you will cover include
In this course, you will learn to
Materials to bring with you
The course supplies about 90 pages of explanation, examples, exercises, suggested responses, and bibliographic materials. Registration includes a $10 fee to cover printing costs.
Please note that coffee and lunch are also included in your registration.
An accomplished writer and editor, Peter Moskos specializes in plain language writing—organizing unstructured, complex, or overwritten materials and making them clear and easy to follow. Peter has written and edited reports to Parliament, technical reports, manuals, student handbooks, training materials, speeches, legislation, marketing materials, and advertising brochures. Now based in Vancouver, Peter is retired but continues to offer courses in plain language and in how to build a writing and editing business.
In the past, Peter taught in Douglas College’s Print Futures Program and was an online instructor for Ryerson University’s Diploma in Publishing. Peter played a formative role in the development of Editors Canada’s certification program and for his contribution was designated an honorary Certified Professional Editor.
Registration is now closed.