April Program Meeting: Plain English Rules Workshop

Join us for a very special program meeting in April!

Speakers Natalia Matveeva and Michelle Moosally will tell us more about the Center for Plain English Research and Study (CPERS) at UHD.

This workshop will introduce STC members to current plain language (PL) regulations and their implications for workplace communication. We will also share some key PL guidelines and offer an overview of sample style guides produced by the government agencies to simplify communications addressed to the general public. During the second part of the workshop, participants will have a chance to review before and after examples to determine which guidelines have been applied in sample documents. At the end of the meeting, the speakers will share additional resources for further research and study.

Where and When

Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 until 7:00pm at the University of Houston-Downtown, Room 1099 North.

We will serve a light dinner at this meeting. Please RSVP to STC Houston president.

Speaker Bios

Michelle Moosally holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Houston-Downtown, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in technical writing, grammar, editing, and linguistics. She has a specialization in syntax and has presented papers at national conferences on the relationship between grammar and effective writing skills. She has also organized and presented talks to various community groups and teachers on linguistics and language issues, including non-standard dialects, language acquisition, and grammar.

Natalia Matveeva earned her PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas
Tech University. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University
of Houston-Downtown where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses
in professional and technical communication, including writing for the web, proposal
writing, and research methods. Her research interests include international technical
communication, plain language, hypertext rhetoric, and technical communication
pedagogy. She has participated in national and international conferences and has
published articles in professional journals including Technical Communication Quarterly
and Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.