Monday, November 3, 2008

Center for Plain Language

The Center for Plain Language will hold its 2008 Symposium on November 7, 2008, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., with a reception to follow from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The symposium and reception will be held at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

There are three sessions.  The first will discuss “Financial Affairs” with Dr. Susan Kleimann and Josiah Fiske.  Dr. Kleimann will discuss “Lending Documents: Bottom-Line Benefits of Plain Language” and Mr. Fiske will discuss “Plain Funny: Using Simple Language and Sophisticated Humor to Change How Employees Think.”

The second session will be on “Health Literacy,” with Dr. Arthur Culbert of the Missouri Foundation for Health, Dr. William Smith of the Academy for Educational Development, and Barb McLaughlin of Smart Source Healthcare.  Dr. Culbert will discuss “A Vision for a Health Literate Missouri: Building a Statewide Health Literacy Center.”  Dr. Smith will discuss “Health Literacy and Social Marketing.” And Ms McLaughlin will discuss how to “Cure Patients and Profits with Clear Communication.”

The third session (which is just called “other success stories” in the flier I received for the program) will have Irene Etzkorn, the “Group Director of Simplification” (how’s that for a job title?) at Siegel & Gale, and Deborah Bosley, the Director of the Center for Humanities, Technology and Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Ms Etzkorn will discuss “Amazingly Simple Stuff” and Ms Bosley will discuss “Unexpected Results: Usability and Redesign in TIAA-CREF’s Minimum Distribution Letter to Participants.”

More information is available from the Center for Plain Language, 3936 Rickover Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902.  You can call them at 202-942-7457 or click here to visit their website.  You can register online.

The cost to attend the symposium and reception is $250, unless you’re a member of the Center for Plain Language (in which case it is only $200).  If you want to skip the reception the cost is $150 (or $100 for members of the center).  If you go, please say hello from the Legal Writing Prof Blog.


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