Call for Participation

Seeking interesting and engaging speakers for our conference
Clearer language, greater efficiency and effectiveness
Call for participation: Deadline: 15 March 2015

We are looking for interesting and dynamic speakers who can speak on our theme and engage participants. This is a great opportunity to meet plain language experts and experts in similar areas of expertise such as information design, technical writing, usability, user experience and so on. It also gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and generate new ideas and initiatives.

Choose your role in the conference

Here are five presentation formats to choose from so you can play a special role at the conference.

1. Individual presentation

Keep in mind that most of our participants are seasoned plain language experts. Therefore, we will balance a few presentations for novices and many more for plain language professionals. This year we would like to broaden the scope of presentations by including presentations from similar areas of expertise: information design, technical writing, usability, user experience and so on. Note: No sales pitches!

Please tailor your submission to fit one of the sub-themes of the conference:
• Health
• Legal
• Finance
• Social, community, education
• Technology
You can focus on any of the follow dimensions of these sub-themes so long as they relate to the Conference theme Clearer language, greater efficiency and effectiveness.
• Skills
• Knowledge
• Research
• Best practices
• Case studies
• Business development

Include the following:
• Title
• Which sub-theme you have chosen from the list above
• Paragraph describing your topic
• Three to five bullets explaining what participants will learn from your presentation

Length limit: 300 words.


2. Facilitate a workshop or information session

Workshops and information sessions provide opportunities to share knowledge and skills in an area of interest through interactive and practical learning experiences. We are looking for presenters who are subject matter experts and who can guide participants through activities and other interactive strategies. We are especially interested in business and professional development topics, as well as skill development in related fields like information design, technical writing, usability, user experience and so on.

Include the following:
• Title
• Type of sub-theme listed above
• Paragraph describing your topic
• Three to five bullets explaining what participants will learn from your presentation

Length limit: 300 words.


3. Be a panel member

Panel discussions will be made up of experts and emerging experts in different disciplines. The panel will be interviewed and or present shortly on one of the sub-themes. As a panel member, you will have to answer questions from participants.

In your proposal, show how you would contribute to such a panel. What would be your key focus or theme? How will you engage the audience? We suggest spending about 5-10 minutes to set out your views and to use the remaining time to contribute to panel discussions and questions posed.

Include the following:
• Title
• Type of subtheme listed above
• Paragraph describing your topic
• Three to five bullets explaining what participants will learn from your presentation

Length limit:
100 words.


4. Conversations with authors

Book authors can introduce their books in a number of 5-10-minute discussions on the topic of their books. Participants discuss the goals of the book, gain an overview of the content, learn about the intended reader, and put questions to the authors.

Note: Authors must be conference registrants. The author’s table is only reserved while occupied by the book’s author. Agents or other representatives may not be substituted for the author. There will be a limited number of tables. No sales at the table, but you can give out information on how to purchase.

Length limit: 100 words.


5. Suggest a different presentation format

Here we invite you to suggest a different format from those above. Please bear in mind that shorter inputs are preferred. As before, please tell us what sub-theme you wish to focus on and supply a paragraph describing your input and three to five bullet points explaining what you think participants will learn.

Length limit: 100 words.


Submit your proposal

Please tell us what presentation format you are applying for. You are welcome to make a proposal in more than one format:

1. Present a paper
2. Facilitate a workshop or information session (Concurrent sessions)
3. Be a member of a panel of experts
4. Conversations with authors
5. Suggest a different format

Please submit by email to: plainconference2015@gmail.com
include in the subject line: PLAIN 2015 Proposal. Please do not send pdfs.

Deadline: 15 March 2015