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Plain Language Book Club

Editors, explore plain language resources with me!

Want to learn about measuring readability and editing to include more readers? Let’s support each other with an informal reading club.

How it works:

  • Virtual via Zoom.
  • Why I’m offering this: Each meeting, we’ll explore resources that were recommended by the editing community. I’m not a plain language expert, so my role is just to keep us organized while I learn with you. And you’ll help me commit to learning just by RSVPing!
  • What’s the format? In the month before we meet to discuss the book, it’s my goal to send you one or more emails. I’ll point out sections of the book that I think are useful, offer one or more exercises for optional practice, and let you know about discussion questions in advance. I hope this makes it easy to participate even if you don’t have time to read the whole book. You’ll have opportunities to share what you are learning during the book club meeting.
  • Who should attend? This is nearly self-guided learning, so it will be most useful for working editors who already do some plain language editing.

Upcoming meetings:

1. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. EDT

Link to download free PDF: Plain Language: Clear and Simple
Supply & Services Canada, 1991


2. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. EDT

Link to purchase: The Oxford Guide to Plain English
By Martin Cutts


3. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. EST

Link to purchase: Plain Language in Plain English  
Edited by Cheryl Stephens


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Networking Meetup
Our next social for editors is on Zoom! We’ll share wins and connect around topics like professional events that we’re looking forward to in 2023.

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. (ET).

Please send me an email if you’d like to be included.