[Picture of Cheryl]Cheryl Stephens is a leader in the field of plain language communications, and a dynamic and vibrant speaker. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC, but has provided training and workshops to clients all over North America. For more information visit her websites, and and Plain Language Wizardry.

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Cheryl Stephens is the author of Plain Language Legal Writing, and 3 other books. The most recent is Plain Language In Plain English, a guide to principles and techniques to shift to plain language. She publishes these at Plain Language Wizardry. She also operates the website and writes Building Rapport, the plain language blog. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, but provides training and workshops to clients all over North America.

About Cheryl Stephens

After six years of practicing law, Cheryl Stephens found her calling as an educator, trainer, and consultant in legal communications and marketing. For more than twenty years, she has been writing, speaking, and teaching about plain language, helping clients to become more successful communicators using plain language principles.

Cheryl is the author of several articles and books, including of Plain Language Legal Writing, and Plain Language In Plain English. Her plain language blog, Building Rapport, is a popular resource online.

She received her BA degree in 1970 from the University of the Pacific, in California, and her LLB (law) degree in 1977 from the University of British Columbia. Her graduate work was in communications, and she has also had extensive training in writing, coaching and public speaking.

Cheryl's work appears on governmental websites and in classrooms and businesses and professional offices. She's served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Communications Consultants, and on the Communications Advisory Board of the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. She was an advocate for plain language and improved communication in the Canadian Bar Association for many years. Her memberships have included the Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, the Association for Business Communications, and SCRIBES, the Association of Legal Writers. She is now a member of the Center for Plain Language, Plain Language Association International, which she founded in 1993, and a supporter of CLARITY International.

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