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Tech Comm Café: March 11 recap; next meeting April 8

Tech Comm Café: March 11 recap; next meeting April 8

The monthly Tech Comm Café met on March 11 in a café near Broadway and Cambie in Vancouver. Announcements: –Chapter workshops are scheduled for March 28 (How to Design Instructional Video) and April 25 (topics to be announced later). Check the STC Canada West Coast website for details. –The chapter AGM will take place half…

Tech Comm Café: Jan. 14 recap; next meeting Feb. 11

Tech Comm Café: Jan. 14 recap; next meeting Feb. 11

The STC Canada West Coast chapter’s Tech Comm Café held its first meeting of 2015 on January 14. We started with announcements: — The chapter will present a day-long set of eight presentations, four for students and new technical communicators and four for more seasoned writers, on January 31. More info at http://stcwestcoast.ca/career/january-31-making-tracks. — The…

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 8 recap; next meeting Nov. 12

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 8 recap; next meeting Nov. 12

The STC Canada West Coast chapter’s Tech Comm Café held its monthly meeting on Oct. 8, 2014, with the usual congenial mix of experienced and new people — either new to technical writing, new to B.C., or new to the Café. During the brainstorming session, we had a useful discussion in response to “Do I…

STC Canada West Coast on the Street

STC Canada West Coast on the Street

STC Canada West Coast participated in this year’s Word Vancouver event (formerly Word on the Street), an annual festival celebrating reading, literacy, print, language, and writing of all kinds. Exhibitors included universities, colleges, professional associations, book and magazine publishers, authors, and even comic-book designers. Equipped with freshly printed signs, information brochures, and a display of…

Volunteers Needed at Word Vancouver, Sept. 28, 2014

Volunteers Needed at Word Vancouver, Sept. 28, 2014

The STC Canada West Coast chapter will participate this year at Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street), an annual festival celebrating reading, literacy, print, language, and writing of all kinds. The STC booth will show the sometimes invisible face of technical communication to the general public. We’re looking for volunteers to staff the booth,…

Visit STC Canada West Coast at Word Vancouver, Sept. 28, 2014

Visit STC Canada West Coast at Word Vancouver, Sept. 28, 2014

The STC Canada West Coast chapter will participate again this year at Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street), an annual festival celebrating reading, literacy, print, language, and writing of all kinds. The STC booth will show the sometimes invisible face of technical communication to the general public. We hope to meet potential members, employers,…

Next STC Tech Comm Café: Oct. 8, 2014

Next STC Tech Comm Café: Oct. 8, 2014

STC Canada West Coast hosts another meeting of its popular Tech Comm Café on October 8, 2014. The TCC provides networking opportunities, job leads, answers to work-related dilemmas, and the camaraderie that gives a burst of professional energy to keep you motivated. We discuss technical writing tools and techniques, career planning, portfolios, and anything else…

Tech Comm Café: Networking Tips and Problem-Solving

Tech Comm Café: Networking Tips and Problem-Solving

The STC Canada West Coast chapter’s Tech Comm Café group met on September 10, 2014. We were pleased to see that attendance had again increased over the previous month’s. Whatever we’re doing, it’s working! This time, the group included recent graduates of technical communication programs, current students, people changing careers, and long-time technical writers wanting…

September 13 — Instructional Design Workshop

Event Description The biggest mistake technical writers make when writing training is focusing on the content. Is your training effective? Does it ever seem flat and boring? This hands-on workshop will teach you the nuts and bolts of authoring training. Learn to use a combination of context, challenge and feedback and the four Ms  (meaningful, memorable, motivational…

Tech Comm Café: We’re Growing!

Tech Comm Café: We’re Growing!

The STC Canada West Coast chapter held the second meeting of its revived and renamed Tech Comm Café (formerly the Consultants and Independent Contractors group) on August 13, 2014. Attendance was more than double the previous month’s, and it was great to see both new and familiar faces. The group included both recent graduates of…

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