Friday March 12, 2010 | Plain Language

March 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

We’ll be joined by ‘plain language’ experts to discuss how financial institutions that issue credit cards are now required to write card information in plain language to make disclosures by companies easier for consumers to understand. We’ll talk about exactly what plain lanuguage is, and what it means for both companies and their customers, and new legislation up for vote next week.
Guests
Annetta Cheek
– Chair of the Board of the Center for Plain Language
Dr. Deborah Bosley – Associate Professor of English at UNC Charlotte

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  1. On February 19, 2010, the American Bar Association published a book I’ve written called, “CONTRACT DRAFTING: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice,” which deals with the subject of plain language drafting in contracts. The book is suitable for all lawyers who desire to improve their drafting skills.

    • Thank you for mentioning this book. I will get a copy as I’m sure it will help me as I work with attorneys on this important topic.

  2. Making the complex accessable is something museums have been doing for a while. When a curator who knows the subject doesn’t always write well for exhibits. in those cases, we often employ writers to translate curatorial content for the public.

    • I hadn’t considered museums as places for plain language, but as someone who spends a good deal of time in museums and galleries, good for you for hiring writers. Often the experts are the least qualified to write for the public!


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