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Webinar event: typography essentials

Webinar event: typography essentials

Looking to brush up on your knowledge of typography or learn something new? Join STC Canada West Coast in February for a webinar that pairs practical typographic skills with a rich history of the discipline. Run by Stephen Gauer, a senior technical writer with over 40 years of experience, this webinar benefits tech writers as…

Plunge into 2018

Plunge into 2018

It’s a new year and with it comes a plethora of personal and professional goals and opportunities. This is the year to challenge. Don’t be afraid to try. Perhaps, this is even the year that you volunteer as a leader with the STC Canada West Coast! I started off my new year by taking part…

January 17, 2018 — Chapter Meeting

About This 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 know…

Spotlight: Angela Wiens

Spotlight: Angela Wiens

In January’s Spotlight, we feature Angela Wiens. The founder of Meridian Communications Inc., a technical communication consultancy, and an established yoga teacher, Angela has over two decades of experience in the technical communication industry and has worked for various domains, such as healthcare, software, and construction. Angela shares her experience as an employee and a…

From interview to investigation

From interview to investigation

Interviewing as a consultant for an assignment is more than just determining whether it’s a good fit. It can pay off to do some investigating in the interview, but that means looking beyond things like company culture and pay scale. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their requirements and readiness for a technical writer….

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Summit

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Summit

STC West Coast Chapter’s first online webinar covered a summary of what president Serena Beck learned from the first STC Summit she attended: “Lessons Learned from the 2017 STC Summit.” The webinar took place on October 24, 2017. In her webinar you can listen to her summary from 7 different speaker sessions that she attended…

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is excited to announce that five BCIT technical writing students in Vancouver will receive free 2018 STC student memberships. The five students are (top row, left to right) Brian Weatherby from Delta, Verna Lethbridge from Maple Ridge, Kushanie Tilakaratne from Coquitlam, (bottom row, left to right) Sharole Tylor from…

Spotlight: Laurie Izgerean

Spotlight: Laurie Izgerean

December’s Spotlight features Laurie Izgerean, a professional writer, educator, and online instructional designer. Laurie’s diverse portfolio includes books, blogs, and business articles, as well as industry trade publications. She is currently a business communications and technical writing instructor at BCIT, in not one but three of the institution’s Part-Time Studies schools: School of Computing and…

Event Report: The secrets of successful freelancing

Event Report: The secrets of successful freelancing

Stephen Gauer’s webinar on November 22 provided chapter members and other attendees an informative overview of the freelance technical writing business, based on his own experience. Stephen has been a professional writer for 40 years, and a freelance trainer, writer, and technical writer for 25 years. What is a freelancer? Freelancers are self-employed writers who…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: Nov. 8 recap; next meeting online Jan. 10, 2018

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: Nov. 8 recap; next meeting online Jan. 10, 2018

November’s meeting began with a surprise: our regular meeting place was closed for a special event. We found another coffee shop around the corner instead. For the benefit of some new people who weren’t familiar with local STC activities, we discussed recent face-to-face presentations on API documentation, Flare, personality differences in the workplace, and privacy…

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