Plain Language: The Act, What It Means, What YOU Need to Do

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Presenter: Amy Bunk, PLAIN
Katherine Spivey, GSA

On-Demand Webinar

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This webinar will provide an update on plain writing principles and the law. If you write for the web, the intranet, press releases, emails, articles, newsletters, etc., this webinar will allow you to:

  • Discuss plain writing principles

  • Learn strategies and tactics for making content plain

  • See before-and-after examples

  • Hear how the Plain Writing Act of 2010 affects government agencies

  • Find where to get additional plain language training and resources

  • Learn about the federal plain language community

About the Presenters

Amy Bunk is the Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Office of the Federal Register, United States National Archives and Records Administration. Amy is currently the Chairperson of the Plain Language Action and Information Network, an organization of U.S. government employees whose goal is to promote the use of plain language for all government communications. She was Program Chair of the 2005 Plain Language Association InterNational conference. 

Amy received her JD cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Katherine Spivey is the General Services 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 brownbags.

Before working as Plain Language Launcher, Katherine worked for GSA in the Federal Acquisitions Service in Integrated Technology Services, where she managed web content, coordinated social media, and edited 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 MA in English from the University of Virginia and a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington.


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