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Meetings & Events
Plain Language: Rethink, Reorganize, Reword, Redesign (continued)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Diane Macgregor
Diane Macgregor follows up her 2013 seminar on plain language with a full-day, hands-on session. After a (re)introduction to plain language principles, you will work on content provided by local not-for-profit organizations. (But please bring your own content if you wish.) Diane will take you through the process of rethinking from the reader’s point of view: How much do your readers know about the subject? How well do they read? How interested are they in your topic? Why will they read this piece? Under what circumstances will they read it? What must they be able to do next? You will use the answers to these questions to match content, approach, level of detail, and level of language. By the end of the day, you will have practised and polished your plain language editing and communication skills—and you will have helped out your community.
Valardo Room, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1M2
Parking is free at the Sportsplex.
Editors Canada members and student affiliates: $150
WFNS members : $150
*Welcome coffee/tea, breaks and lunch included
Registration Closes: Tuesday, May 3 at midnight.
Seminar Coordinator: Nancy Holland
Diane Macgregor, Editorial Consultant with the Nova Scotia Department of Communications, started in plain language in the 1980s, working on Alberta’s five-year plan to improve government communications. Projects included working with the real estate industry to improve contracts used with homebuyers and with the Alberta Law Reform Institute to demonstrate plain language techniques to the legal community. For the past 14 years, she has been a plain language editor/content designer with Communications Nova Scotia, helping a variety of government specialists reach their target audiences. She has been involved with Plain Language Association International from its earliest days, and her definition of plain language is included in Michèle M. Asprey's Plain Language for Lawyers, 3rd edition (Federation Press, Australia): “words and design working together to create clear communication.”
Here is a sampling of her Nova Scotia projects:
Parliamentary Democracy in Nova Scotia: How It Began, How It Evolved
Votes for Women: A Political Guidebook (various editions)
The Nova Scotia Nine: Remarkable Women, Then and Now
Small Business Safety Toolkit
Take a look at our calendar to find out more about upcoming meetings.