July 25-27, 2018 / Vancouver, BC

Writing for Every Reader

Reading is a complicated task
Speaker

Stephanie Hobson

Reading is a complicated task. It requires active memory, sustained attention, and a complex understanding of language. Cognitive disabilities can make reading even more complicated. Permanent conditions, like dyslexia, situational conditions, like learning an additional language, and temporary conditions, like reading in a noisy room, affect a reader’s comprehension.

Conditions like these can affect our readers’ understanding by interfering with their attention, memory, or linguistic comprehension. Three practical things we can do to help are: - Choose our language intentionally. - Structure our content well. - Use media thoughtfully.

Stephanie will go into detail on these three techniques and provide examples of good and bad writing for each case.