Author archive: serenabeck

July 19, 2017 — Chapter Meeting

About This Meeting This is an online chapter meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to continue to add value for our community of writers. If you want to find out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to know…

How to maximize your summit experience

Schedule Review all the sessions before the summit and choose a first and a second choice for each time slot. Review if you want to attend any additional meetings or presentations at lunch or in the evening. For example, I attended a few networking events, the leadership program, the annual business meeting, and the honours…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

On Monday, October 3, 2016, eight technical writers braved the rain to eat tacos, debate style guides, review award-winning technical writing, and contemplate other interesting topics. The STC Canada West Coast chapter President, Stephen Gauer, brought award-winning documentation from the 2016 STC International Summit Awards for us to peruse and discuss. We discussed style guides…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: April 13, 2016 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: April 13, 2016 recap

At the third Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café, six attendees enjoyed Thai food at the Tropical Island restaurant. Highly recommended: their Singapore noodles with shrimp or a curry! After introductions, Serena Beck, who organized the get-together, announced the new volunteer position of Vancouver Island Coordinator. She also let everyone know about the Contractor’s Directory on…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Feb. 18 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Feb. 18 recap

At the second Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café, attendees enjoyed an evening of sizzling Indian food and great conversation. We discussed which tools we use for writing. More than half of us at the meeting use Madcap Flare; the rest use FrameMaker or Microsoft Word. Flare has a 30-day trial and you can receive technical…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café Recap Nov 30, 2015

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café Recap Nov 30, 2015

The first Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café was held in a restaurant in downtown Victoria on November 30. The attendees enjoyed perogies with custom fillings such as chicken and kale while introducing themselves and their work histories. After introductions, we discussed how we could help one of the attendees decide whether she wants to enter…

Book Review of the Global English Style Guide

Annotated copy of The Global English Style Guide

By Serena Beck, Membership Manager As an author of many internal style guides, I can appreciate the amount of effort and time required to create a style guide and ensure it’s followed. I have a good eye for detail and enjoy making the documentation I write consistent. I’ve been a technical writer for 11 years,…

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