Essentials of Plain Language

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Katherine Spivey, GSA

On-Demand Webinar  

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This seminar will provide an update on plain writing principles and the Plain Writing Act of 2010, beneficial tools to help your agency comply with the Plain Writing Act, and what techniques to use. If you write for external audiences (customers, citizens, the public) or if you write press releases, emails, articles, blogs, websites, newsletters, etc.—this seminar is for you.

What You'll Learn  

  • Plain writing principles
  • Strategies and tactics for making content plain
  • Before-and-after examples
  • How the Plain Writing Act of 2010 affects government agencies
  • Where to get additional plain language training and resources

About the Presenter 

Katherine Spivey is the General Service Administration’s Plain Language Launcher, coordinating GSA’s plain language program. Katherine is an active member of and trainer for the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN), and teaches plain language courses and holds brown bags. As well as being GSA’s Plain Language Launcher, Katherine works for GSA in the Federal Acquisitions Service (FAS) in Integrated Technology Services, where she manages Web content, coordinates social media, and edits Mary Davie’s blog, Great Government through Technology.   

Before joining GSA, Katherine was a Web content manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Web content editor at international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and website manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She has taught at local community colleges and at the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia.  

Katherine has an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington.

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