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Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: July 11 recap; next meeting August 8, 2018

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: July 11 recap; next meeting August 8, 2018

This month we welcomed a smaller group for coffee and chat. Absentees were, presumably, either lounging on local beaches or holidaying in distant lands. However, the suggestion to skip the August meeting because of anticipated low attendance was met with horrified cries of “Of course not!” So, check below for details of that meeting. Two…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: March 14 recap: next meeting April 11, 2018

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: March 14 recap: next meeting April 11, 2018

This month’s meeting welcomed a variety of people: senior writers, including two who recently relocated to Vancouver; a recent graduate; and a student intern making a career change to technical writing. All shared their experiences and contributed different perspectives to the discussion. The “the.” Someone asked for help with a debate she’s having at work….

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: next meeting March 28, 2018

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: next meeting March 28, 2018

The next meeting of the Tech Comm Café on Vancouver Island will take place on Wednesday, March 28. We’re getting together for a casual discussion and dinner from 6:30 to 8  p.m. If you’d like to join us, RSVP to admin (at) stcwestcoast.ca so we can save a place for you. Location: Smiths Pub, 777…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: next meeting March 14

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: next meeting March 14

The next Tech Comm Café in the Vancouver area will meet on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, from  6:30 to 8 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin (at) stcwestcoast.ca. Location: Allegro Café, Whole Foods Market, 510 West 8th Avenue at Cambie, Vancouver. The Allegro is the smaller coffee bar on the mezzanine…

How to hire a technical writer

How to hire a technical writer

Why hire a technical writer? In any business, a technical writer can enhance your communications, both printed and online, and make sure that they reflect your best thinking and best practices. A skilled technical writer understands audience, both internal and external, and the way content and format work together to improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Oct. 11 recap; next meeting Nov. 8

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Oct. 11 recap; next meeting Nov. 8

This month’s meeting started with a work-related dilemma: how do you convince busy team leaders to delegate work? Some say it’s easier to do everything themselves. They know the work will be done right and on time, and they don’t have to take time out of their busy day to train and monitor a new…

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 13 recap; next meeting Oct. 11

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 13 recap; next meeting Oct. 11

Our first online Tech Comm Café was a great success. The Vancouver-area and Vancouver Island groups, separated by 110 kilometres and the Strait of Georgia, met jointly online on Sept. 13. We had an excellent turnout and a lively discussion that extended half an hour beyond the scheduled time, ending only when the host had…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: June 14 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: June 14 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

Everyone at the June meeting had several years of technical writing experience and was working full-time, so instead of discussing topics of interest to newcomers, such as writing classes and job-hunting, we focused on work questions (and vented a little, in a polite and constructive way). Tools: Our small group included users and fans (or…

Tech Comm Café: May 10 recap; next meeting June 14

Tech Comm Café: May 10 recap; next meeting June 14

The Tech Comm Café met on May 10 for a wide-ranging discussion of technical writing topics — after a brief rehash of the previous evening’s cliff-hanger provincial election, still awaiting final ballot counts and recounts in several ridings. One person brought a new perspective to the frequent debate over classroom vs. online courses. He’s pursuing…

Call for nominations

Call for nominations

STC Canada West Coast chapter officers hold office from June 1 to May 31 each year. At the April 22, 2017, annual general meeting, we’ll be holding elections to fill these roles for the coming year. In particular, we’re actively seeking members in good standing to put their names forward for the position of Vice-President,…

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