Author archive: Stephen Gauer

June 10 – Strategic planning meeting

About this meeting Every June the chapter holds a special strategic planning meeting to set priorities and plan events, speakers, and initiatives for the coming year. This is your chance to contribute, and to meet the 2017-2018 board, including Serena Beck, the new chapter president. We’ll meet on line via JoinMe on Saturday, June 10…

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our June presentation

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our June presentation

Our final event for the 2016-2017 speaker series take places Saturday, June 3, with a presentation on preparing content for mobile delivery by Vancouver freelance technical writer Robert Desprez. Robert’s presentation will look at current trends in mobile use and how technical writers are responding to the changing ways that users read content; different mobile…

April 22 – AGM and All Hands Chapter Collaboration Meeting

About the AGM 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 positions for the coming year. The current Vice-President, Serena Back, will move into the President’s role on June 1. The current…

March 18 – all hands collaboration meeting

March 18 – all hands collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you want to out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

Our Writing API Documentation course runs April 8

Our Writing API Documentation course runs April 8

Our second hands-on training course of the year, Writing API Documentation, will run at BCIT’s downtown campus at 555 Seymour Street on Saturday, April 8. This course is designed for technical writers who have never done API documentation before. The ability to write API documentation is a very useful skill to add to your repertoire…

February 18 – all hands collaboration meeting

February 18 – all hands collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you want to out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

Writing a news release

Writing a news release

The tech writing world rarely intersects with the news world, but news writing is still a handy skill to have. You might find yourself in a communications role – having to write a news release or announcement for a website, for example. Traditionally, the purpose of a news release was to attract the interest of a…

Register now for our hands-on Intro to Madcap Flare course

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is delighted to announce that registration is now open for our full-day, hands-on Introduction to Madcap Flare training course, to be held at BCIT’s downtown campus on Saturday, March 11. Madcap Flare is the current power tool of choice for single-source authoring by tech writers. You can output to…

Amy Takeda advances to national engineering competition

Chapter member and active volunteer Amy Takeda has advanced to the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held in March at the University of Calgary. Amy, a tech writing student at BCIT, and competition partner Dean Tamboline, a third-year engineering student, qualified for the national event by placing second in the Engineering Communications category at the…

February 15 – Beat the mid-winter blues at the Blackbird Pub

February 15 – Beat the mid-winter blues at the Blackbird Pub

Beat the February Blues! Come join us on February 15 at the Blackbird Pub on Hornby and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver. This is a great opportunity to network and socialize with the West Coast technical writer community. There is no set agenda – it’s all about getting out, having fun, and connecting with your fellow…

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