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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…

Next STC Tech Comm Café: Sept. 10, 2014

Next STC Tech Comm Café: Sept. 10, 2014

STC Canada West Coast is pleased to continue its popular coffee-and-chat meetings, with the next one scheduled for Wednesday, September 10. The Tech Comm Café 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,…

STC Canada West Coast Revives Monthly Coffee Meetings

STC Canada West Coast Revives Monthly Coffee Meetings

A small but enthusiastic group of technical writers attended the recent reboot of a popular monthly gathering, the Tech Comm Café, formerly the Consultants and Independent Contractors group (CIC). On July 9 we met to snack, socialize, and, most importantly, discuss the technical communication scene in our area. One of the first orders of business…

What Does an Editor Do?

What Does an Editor Do?

I’m an editor. — Really? For which newspaper? I’m an editor. — You mean, like, you work in the movie business? I’m an editor. — Gee, I’d better watch what I say or you’ll correct my grammar. I evaluate written material, help people organize their thoughts, and reduce masses of confusing blather to short, clear,…

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