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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,…

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

The Tech Comm Café met on October 12 and focused on questions from people who are switching to a technical writing career. First of all, how do you decide whether to change to a technical writing career when you’re already working full-time in another field? How do you choose between a steady job in your…

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

People who attended the Tech Comm Café on September 14 were in for a surprise. The restaurant where we’ve met regularly for over two years has closed its doors and been replaced by a construction site, resulting in some confused faces in the parking lot! However, we quickly reconvened on a nearby patio and enjoyed…

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

The Tech Comm Café met on August 10, 2016, for an informative discussion of current topics of interest to the technical writing community. One person who attended is an active volunteer with another group. We discussed the challenges that are common to many professional associations nowadays: it’s hard to maintain membership, attendance, and volunteer numbers…

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

The Tech Comm Café met on July 13, 2016, for an informative discussion of work-related dilemmas. It was great to see experienced, working technical writers brainstorming to generate fresh ideas. Skill levels: How do employers and writers define junior, intermediate, and senior writers? Generally, junior writers have less than two years of experience, intermediates have…

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

The Tech Comm Café met on May 11, 2016, for another informative discussion of technical communication topics. This time we focused on the question of scope creep and client expectations. A writer asked about a first-time client who offered her a lump sum to write a white paper. The writer drew up a plan for…

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

The Tech Comm Café met on April 13 at a café in Burnaby for another wide-ranging discussion of technical communication topics. A writer asked for tips on setting up a Doc-to-Help system in a way that would allow the client to maintain and update information after the writer had left the project. Though no-one at…

Tech Comm Café: March 9 recap; next meeting April 13

Tech Comm Café: March 9 recap; next meeting April 13

A dedicated group braved a dark and stormy night to attend the Tech Comm Café on March 9 at a café in Burnaby. Announcements – STC Canada West Coast chapter will host a seminar on “How the foundation for technical communication can lead to work as a business analyst” on March 19. Check http://stcwestcoast.ca/chapter/march-19-how-the-foundation-for-technical-communication-can-lead-to-business-analysis for…

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