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Join Web Manager University for two free plain language training events:

11/29 - Plain Language Basics
12/9 - Plain Language Writing for the Web

Plain Language Basics
This seminar will provide an update on plain writing principles and the law. If you write content for external customers and the general public—press releases, emails, articles, newsletters, etc.—this seminar is for you. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of plain writing principles
  • Learn strategies and tactics for making content “plain” and easy to understand
  • See before-and-after examples
  • Hear how the Plain Writing Act of 2010 affects government agencies
  • Find where to get additional plain language training and resources
  • Be introduced to the federal plain language community

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Time: 9:00am - 12pm ET
Class Format: In-person ½ day seminar
Instructor: Katherine Spivey, GSA
Location: GSA - One Constitution Square Room 203 (1275 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20417)
Fee: free (open to government employees only)

Limited space. Learn more and register: http://www.howto.gov/training/classes/plain-language-basics

Plain Language Writing for the Web
How you write content for your agency's website directly impacts your ability to give your customers what they need most—information! Writing for the web requires different approaches and skills than writing for print publications. People come to your website for quick bits of information—NOT to read “War and Peace”!

Luckily, many web writing techniques, such as to organize for the reader, design for scanning, reduce text, favor active voice, and use ordinary words, are all central to plain language.

We'll discuss plain writing principles and how they apply to the web, and update you on the Plain Writing Act of 2010.

Attend this seminar if you write for:

  • the web
  • blogs
  • press releases
  • emails
  • newsletters

Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Time: 9:00am - 12pm ET
Class Format: in-person ½ day seminar
Instructor: Katherine Spivey, GSA
Location: GSA - One Constitution Square, Room 203 (1275 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20417)
Fee: free (open to government employees only)

Limited space. Register now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WN6VWDJ

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