Write Plainly: An Update on Plain Writing Principles and the New Law

Date: Friday, January 21, 2011
Presenter: Leslie O'Flahavan, E-WRITE

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Kick off the New Year with this introduction to plain language writing principles and practice. In this webinar, you’ll learn why writing in plain language does not mean “dumbing down” your content. You’ll analyze before-and-after examples of government web content written in plain language. You’ll also receive pre-course writing samples to review then we’ll apply plain language principles to these samples during the webinar.

What You'll Learn

  • The principles of plain language
  • How to edit content according to plain language principles
  • Where to find additional plain language training and resources
  • How the Plain Writing Act could affect your agency’s operations

About the Presenter

Leslie O'Flahavan is a co-founder and partner in E–WRITE. With E–WRITE, Leslie has helped thousands of people learn to write well for online readers. She has delivered customized writing courses for customer service agents, help desk staff, web content contributors, marketers, executives, demographers, county government employees, activists, federal employees, and teachers! 

Leslie helps agencies publish usable web content written by a broad range of contributors and develop web writing style guides to govern content writing. This year, E–WRITE has developed an Editorial Style Guide for the Energy Information Administration and an online web writing course for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Leslie is a frequent presenter at web content conferences and has been an Internet Best–In Class award judge for 3 years. She is the co-author of Clear, Correct, Concise E–Mail: A Writing Workbook for Customer Service Agents.

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