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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Register - PLAIN2013 | 20th Anniversary Conference, Plain Language Association InterNational

My blog links to the registration page for this conference, but I encourage you to check out the rest of the conference website. Program planning so far looks intriguing! The conference is Oct. 10-13, 2013, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Here's the theme of the conference:

Plain Language Advances: New skills, knowledge, research, and best practices
Plain language is an international language that everyone in your audience can easily understand. Clear writing in plain language saves time, money, and lives. Formed in 1993 as the Plain Language Network, the Plain Language Association InterNational (or PLAIN) is a growing volunteer nonprofit organization of plain-language advocates, professionals, and organizations committed to plain language.

PLAIN 2013 will draw speakers from all over the world. It has confirmed presenters from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Britain, Canada, and the United States. The conference coincides with PLAIN’s 20th anniversary and International Plain Language Day on Oct. 13.

The conference website says:

Plenary speakers, table topics and workshop hosts will share what is new in relevant research and which old guidelines are supported by recent research.

Experienced plain language professionals will share best practices and display their project successes and products. Table speakers (in round-table progressions) will offer business advice, while others will suggest better practices for self-management and development. Experts from related fields will share their knowledge and skills.
I've been to only one of PLAIN's conferences, held in every other year. It was in Washington, D.C., and it was terrific! Since then, PLAIN has held conferences in the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. But this one is back in North America and not far from my home in Seattle, Washington.

I plan to attend!

Registration to attend is open now, but conference planners are inviting people to take part in other ways:

  1. Be a sponsor or exhibitor.
  2. Participate as a speaker or workshop facilitator.
  3. Lead a round robin conversation or share at a poster session.
Deadline to propose participation is Feb. 28.

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The conference registration page is featured today, Feb. 13, in my daily online paper, Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs, available at the Plain Language tab above and by free email subscription.

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