ADRBC - Clearing the Fog: Plain Language Writing

Lunch & Learn with Frances Peck
Studies repeatedly show what professional communicators have known for decades: the most concise, precise, credible, and intelligent-sounding documents are the ones written in plain language.
Plain language is not about dumbing down content. On the contrary, plain language is a way of presenting complex material—legal, judicial, financial, scientific, technical—so that it’s easier for its intended audience to understand, use, remember, and comply with.
This presentation explores why plain language matters, what it looks like, and how to get it.


  • Recognize what plain language is, and what it isn’t.
  • Explore 3 techniques that will make your material easier to read.
  • Discover 7 tips that will make your writing clearer.
  • See, through before and after examples, how plain language can transform difficult passages.


Frances Peck, MA (English), Certified Professional Editor (Hon.), and partner with West Coast Editorial Associates, is an editor, writer, and instructor with over 25 years’ experience.

As a plain language specialist, she has worked with clients from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on a wide range of material — from investigative documents to annual reports, from decisions to policies, from websites to manuals. She teaches at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College, and gives workshops across Canada.

Frances is a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website and the author of Peck’s English Pointers, a free collection of essays and quizzes available on the Language Portal of Canada. She is a long-time member of Editors Canada and PLAIN (Plain Language International).

When     Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 ; 12:00 -1:30 PM
Where     230 – 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2V6*
Lunch     Included
CPD Credits     2

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11/26/2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
230 – 800 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2V6

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