Author archive: Stephen Gauer

Call for volunteers

Call for volunteers

We rely on volunteers to help run the chapter and organize events that create value for our members and the community of writers we serve. Your help is essential to providing services such as current job postings, our monthly e-newsletter, and webinars and in-person seminars and workshops with experts in our field. Whether you’re a…

Chapter wins gold community achievement award.

Chapter wins gold community achievement award.

The STC Canada West Coast chapter has been honoured for its activities in 2017 with a Gold Achievement Award from the STC, the world’s leading organization for advancing technical communication. “It’s an honour that our chapter is being recognized for all our hard work and community engagement,” said Serena Beck, President of the chapter. “We…

Webinar event: the secrets of successful freelancing

Stephen Gauer at his desk

On November 22, Stephen Gauer, past president of the STC, will present a 40-minute webinar sharing everything he’s learned about freelancing since launching his own company, Gauer Consulting, in the early 1990s. He’ll explore the key steps to launching a successful freelance career as a tech writer, with particular emphasis on the most difficult part…

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…

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