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BAY AREA EDITORS’ FORUM | Plain Talk: A Look at Plain Language Editing Practices

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Editors’ Forum


Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Zoom presentation; log-in details emailed to active BAEF members on 6/10/2020 and 6/23/2020

Please join us for an online meeting for BAEF members only.

Plain Talk: A Look at Plain Language Editing Practices

All editors aim for clear communication. Those who work on government, business, legal, and medical documents addressed to the general public must master a particular skill: how to convey complex information clearly and succinctly to diverse populations, including readers with different levels of education, English-language proficiency, and physical and cognitive abilities. Some editors specialize in writing or revising public documents in plain language.

Iva Cheung, a long-time advocate of plain language writing and accessibility, will introduce us to basic plain language editing practices (audience analysis, language techniques, document design, and user testing) and will answer our questions. She is a Certified Professional Editor (Editors Canada) and recipient of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, and the Karen Virag Award. She holds a Master of Publishing degree and a PhD in health sciences, and she teaches the Plain Language in Health Literacy course in Simon Fraser University’s Plain Language Certificate program. She can be found on Twitter (@IvaCheung) and at For a bit of levity, check out her cartoons about life as an editor at

Hope you can join us!