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Plain Language: The Basics
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Plain Language

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.

Objectives

You will learn

  • what plain language is
  • why it is important
  • when to use it
  • how 10 basic techniques will make your writing clearer, more straightforward, and more effective

Seminar Outline

The plain language writing techniques you will cover include

  • using plain words and common expressions
  • writing short sentences
  • unpacking embedded ideas
  • using active voice
  • fixing smothered verbs
  • eliminating unnecessary modifiers
  • using personal pronouns and polite expressions
  • creating a positive tone
  • imparting paragraph structure and logic
  • structuring document layout
  • measuring readability

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will learn to

  • appreciate the need for plain language writing
  • recognize writing that needs to be rewritten in plain language
  • use 10 techniques to write materials in plain language, so a broad spectrum of readers can understand them quickly and easily

 

Prerequisites

  • A knowledge of basic grammar

Materials to bring with you

  • A 1½ or 2 inch three-ring binder for the manual and exercises

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.

 

 Details
Date & Time: May 14, 2016 10:00 AM to
May 14, 2016 05:00 PM
[America/Vancouver UTC -8]

 

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Location: Church of Truth
111 Superior Street
Victoria B.C.
Canada
 

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Registration Closes: May 06, 2016 11:59 PM

Event Coordinator:

EAC-BC Branch Coordinator
bccoordinator@editors.ca
 Registration Fees
Editors BC Member Price
CAD
Spaces
Remaining
Early Bird and Regular Registration—includes lunch; email dietary restrictions to workshop@peavi.ca  
  
$140.00
15
 
PEAVI Member Price
CAD
Spaces
Remaining
Early Bird and Regular Registration—includes lunch; email dietary restrictions to workshop@peavi.ca  
  
$140.00
15
 
Editors BC & PEAVI Member Price
CAD
Spaces
Remaining
Early Bird and Regular Registration—includes lunch; email dietary restrictions to workshop@peavi.ca  
  
$140.00
15
 
Non-member Price
CAD
Spaces
Remaining
Early Bird and Regular Registration—includes lunch; email dietary restrictions to workshop@peavi.ca  
  
$200.00
15
 

Registration is now closed.


 

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