Why Use Plain Language? What Science Says About Our Brain’s Reading Process

Presenter: Cheryl Stephens
Want to reach a greater audience using plain language? Learn how in this interactive webinar with Cheryl Stephens, the founder of the new PLAIN Canada. With over 30 years of experience helping clients become better communicators, Cheryl will show you how to simplify your message, engage readers, and get your message across.

Make the Most of CP Style

Presenter: Patti Tasko
Have you ever wondered how CP Style decisions are made? And why they sometimes change? Would you like tips on how to speed up your editing process? Or maybe you need an update on current gender-neutral language, or guidance on how to handle bullets? Then this is the webinar for you. Drawing on her past experience as the senior supervising editor for The Canadian Press and long-time editor of the CP Stylebook, Patti Tasko will take you through the answers to all these questions and so much more in this webinar.

Editing for Engineers and Scientists

Presenter: Christa Bedwin
Want to start editing scientific and engineering documents? Learn how from the best! With 20 years of experience as an international science writer and editor, Christa Bedwin knows the unique challenges of working in these fields. This webinar will help boost your confidence and prepare you for this new challenge. The webinar will cover important style guides and resources, special industry and government needs, unique issues to keep in mind when editing STEM documents, and tips to effectively communicate edits to scientists.

From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style

Presenter: Kathryn Dean
When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps." In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.

Integrating Plain Language into Your Services

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Plain language is the best way to ensure your communication connects with clients. It is also a great service to offer your clients—internal and external. With all the information being sent out today, using a variety of media, everyone can benefit from concise, clear, outcome-oriented messages. Join us to find out how you can enhance your current skills with plain language practices.