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Feb. 8 – Chapter Council Meeting

Feb. 8 – Chapter Council Meeting

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. This is a great way to get to know and network…

Jan. 29 – Information Mapping

Jan. 29 – Information Mapping

Description Chris will provide an overview and answer questions about the Information Mapping® structured writing methodology. Information Mapping is a 50 year old content standard developed at Harvard and Columbia Universities and is used by companies and government around the globe to improve performance and productivity. Chris will demonstrate how the method works, talk about why companies use it, demo FS Pro—Information…

Jan. 11 – Chapter Council Meeting

Jan. 11 – Chapter Council Meeting

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. This is a great way to get to know and network…

What is a Medical Communicator?

What is a Medical Communicator?

In the health and medical fields, technical communicators are also known as medical communicators.  Medical communications is the translation of complicated information into easily understood material, applied specifically to the health, medical, and pharmaceutical fields.           Some of the projects that medical communicators might work on include: medical conference abstracts and…

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Are you considering a career in technical writing? There are many galmourous Hollywood portrayals of journalists and novelists, but technical writers are overlooked. This oversight can make it difficult to picture what qualifications and skills are needed for this rewarding and challenging career.   What skills do technical writers need to “research and create information…

Tips for Working with Translators

Tips for Working with Translators

                If you find yourself overseeing or working with translators during a technical communication project, here are a few pointers to ensure quality and smooth relations: Make sure the source text is clear of cultural references, idioms, and colloquialisms. The more neutral in tone you keep a document,…

Dec. 3 – Holiday Social Night

Dec. 3 – Holiday Social Night

Please Join Us for a Holiday Social Night Come and celebrate the season with us, your friends and associates, fellow chapter members and volunteers! Please feel free to bring your significant other, friends who understand that technical writers really can be fun to hang out with, and anyone else who might be interested in getting to…

Dana Fujikawa

Dana Fujikawa

This month we are spotlighting Dana Fujikawa who is a former software engineer turned technical writer and now operates his own freelance technical writing business: Essential Instructions Inc. Prior to freelancing, Dana built his technical writing experience at Electronic Arts Canada where he created comprehensive programming guides for internal animation technology. His role later included end…

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

Robert Hershenow is an incoming assistant co-manager of the Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) special interest group (SIG) of the STC. He’s also a member of the famous ‘garage’ band that plays annually at the STC Summit, the Rough Drafts. Recently, Robert gave a very informative webinar for the IDL-SIG called “Making Great Voice Recordings”…

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, such as science, engineering or software development. These professionals have likely gained a solid skill set that is transferable to technical communication work. For example,…

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