Author archive: Stephen Gauer

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…

January 21 – 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…

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our February presentation

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our February presentation

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE. We continue our 2016-2017 speaker series on Saturday, February 11, 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…

Six students qualify for membership sponsorships

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to announce that six technical writing students in the Lower Mainland and Victoria will receive free 2017 student memberships in the STC. The six students are Phoebe Atienza from Surrey; Owen Schellenberger from Victoria; Jay McKiernan from Port Coquitlam; and Amy Takeda, Alison Gilpin, and Chris Powell…

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Flare has a powerful and flexible tool called relationship tables, which allow you to group related topic pages, and also include one or more concept and reference links. A “concept” link typically displays a page that relates to all the tasks in the table, such as a higher level overview or summary. A “reference” link…

November 26 – 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…

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