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Instructional Design and Learning SIG Webinar

Instructional Design and Learning SIG Webinar

Upcoming Webinar 09/18/13 Becoming an eLearning Hero Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7153914484344805888 A common question a course creator asks is, “How can I make my eLearning more interactive?” It is a great question and the answer may not be as far away as you think. In this webinar, you will learn simple ways to analyze content and mold…

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

This is the first in what I hope is a series of articles about Electronic Publishing (EPUB). What is the difference between an ebook and a regular book?  In her book, “EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders,” Elizabeth Castro talks about how ebooks and print books overlap…

Classroom to Online: A Common Training Challenge

Classroom to Online: A Common Training Challenge

Business faces many training challenges. What style of training? What are the important topics? How much will it cost? Each question leads down another overwhelming rabbit hole. One of my clients is training engineers and scientists about technical writing principles. Previously, this was classroom training. However, the company’s many international offices make this type of…

Celebrate International Plain Language Day (Oct. 13)

PLAIN Language InterNational 20th Anniversary Conference in Vancouver October 2013

October 13, 2013, is a Sunday and follows on the heels of PLAIN2013, the 20th Anniversary conference of the Plain Language Association InterNational, which is being held in Vancouver, BC on October 10-13. Special Rate for STC Members expires August 31! Click the image to see a full-size version. Please join Conference attendees and presenters…

Content as Conversation with Purposes and Personas with Ginny Redish (Oct. 8)

Content as Conversation with Purposes and Personas with Ginny Redish (Oct. 8)

Description One of the most important contributions of technical writing has been the realization that everything we write is part of a conversation between author and reader. And as we have moved from paper to screen, from large screen to small, from static writing to dynamic social-media exchanges, conversation has become even more important as…

Touch, Voice, and Gestures in UA with Joe Welinske (Sep. 17)

Touch, Voice, and Gestures in UA with Joe Welinske (Sep. 17)

Description New ways of interacting with software mean rethinking how we develop our associated user assistance. This session, “Touch, Voice, and Gestures: How to Craft Your User Assistance to Accommodate a Variety of Interaction Types,” is a guide for appropriate language choices to use for emerging interaction types like touch, voice, and hand gestures. Topics…

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

So you want to be a technical writer – you’ve earned a degree or certification, but now you need a job. Where to start? In a recent discussion on the STC LinkedIn group page, members shared their knowledge and gave advice to a new graduate. I’ve summarized the discussion here for you along with more information…

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,…

Chapter Council Meeting (Sep. 14)

Chapter Council Meeting (Sep. 14)

About This Meeting Chapter council meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month. The agenda includes committee and executive business, as well as volunteer and leadership training. Who Should Attend? All chapter members and volunteers, including non-member volunteers, are welcome to attend. blank Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013 Networking: 10:00 am PDT Presentation:…

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

President’s Message for August 2013 “New Beginnings” is an appropriate title for my first president’s message posted on our new website—two beginnings among many for the chapter. Since June 1, we’ve welcomed a new executive, reorganized our volunteer structure, began sponsoring the local Meetup™ group for technical writers, planned a promising program year that begins…

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