FROM STAFF REPORTS
Dr. Marcia Riley, a DeLand resident, has been chosen as a presenter at the International PLAIN 2013 Conference in Vancouver next month.
The Oct. 10-13 conference attracts hundreds of writers, editors, teachers, professors, entrepreneurs, corporate managers, government employees, consultants, students and other supporters of clear communication.
Riley was raised by her grandparents who couldn’t read or write. Riley said she was bombarded with talks from her grandfather, who was an orange picker, to get all the education you can.
She says she was lectured by him to always give back to others and the community.
Riley finished with honors from Southwestern Junior-Senior High School. She went on to Florida A&M University for her undergraduate degree and Florida State University for her graduate degree. She taught in Volusia County schools before relocating to start her own business and writing career.
Plain language expert
The conference is an event of Plain Language Association International.
Writing has always been Riley’s passion even though her degrees are not in English, journalism or written communications.
Riley says anyone can become a good writer even coming from a humble background.
With 32 years in business, Riley has earned the title of an international plain language expert and conducts writing sessions in the United States and abroad.
Riley conducts pro bono writing sessions for non-profit organizations and student groups, regardless of location.
She has also published a free e-book, “Write Like a Pro’’ in an effort to share her knowledge. According to the publisher, within six months, 85,703 copies were downloaded.
To learn more about the PLAIN 2013 Conference, visit www.plain2013.org.