Write to be Understood: Science of Reading Supports Use of Plain Language Guidelines

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Time: 4-5 p.m. EST

Description:

Writing guidelines and style are of great value to editors, but have they kept up with scientific research on the reading process, cognitive load, and readability? Stephens will review and update those for us.

Cost: Free for ACES members/$30 for nonmembers

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About the presenter:

Cheryl Stephens coaches individual writers and trains groups to improve their writing skills. Cheryl has taught for the Canadian Bar Association, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Canada School of Public Service, and Services Canada.

When Cheryl practiced law at the beginning of her career, she saw the need to translate 
legal jargon to plain language. Cheryl has been actively advocating for plain language in 
all industries ever since, expanding her influence around the world by writing, speaking, 
and teaching.

Cheryl has provided expertise to many Canadian government and provincial agencies, 
courts and tribunals. In the private sector, Cheryl has worked with public relations 
firms, charitable agencies, and law firms.

Cheryl’s books Plain Language in Plain English and Plain Language Legal Writing are
required texts for plain language courses at Simon Fraser University and other 
institutes, where she also designed curricula. 

Cheryl Stephens continues to lead in the international plain language movement as a 
volunteer with the International Plain Language Federation, Plain Language Association 
International, and Plain Language Clair. Cheryl presents her expertise to international 
conferences regularly. 

Course Details

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