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Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

The Tech Comm Café met on October 12 and focused on questions from people who are switching to a technical writing career. First of all, how do you decide whether to change to a technical writing career when you’re already working full-time in another field? How do you choose between a steady job in your…

Keith Barker explores the world of personality types

Keith Barker explores the world of personality types

Our third guest speaker this fall is Keith Barker, who will lead us on an exploration of the fascinating world of the Myers-Briggs type indicator, a well-known tool for gaining insights about ourselves and how we interact with others. Keith will review the underlying theory of the tool, look at the different personality types it…

October 22 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

October 22 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events and seminars, 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 are interested in finding out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share,…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

On Monday, October 3, 2016, eight technical writers braved the rain to eat tacos, debate style guides, review award-winning technical writing, and contemplate other interesting topics. The STC Canada West Coast chapter President, Stephen Gauer, brought award-winning documentation from the 2016 STC International Summit Awards for us to peruse and discuss. We discussed style guides…

An interview with privacy expert Cindy Oxenbury

An interview with privacy expert Cindy Oxenbury

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, STCCWC will welcome Cindy Oxenbury to present on privacy issues and protection. This presentation will surely change your mind when it comes to understanding privacy, while providing information on how to make intelligent decisions when it comes to sharing and guarding your personal information. Cindy is an expert on privacy regulations…

The basics of linking topics in Flare

Flare gives you several basic tools for grouping links to related topics. The most time-consuming method is manual — you create a Related Topics list of hyperlinks at the bottom of each topic page. To do this, type the heading, “Related topics”, then type each topic name and create a hyperlink to the appropriate page. The…

Coming October 15 – a look at privacy in the 21st century

In the digital age how private are your parts? This is the provocative question addressed by privacy expert Cindy Oxenbury at our October 15th speaker’s event. Privacy issues are in the news every day, from police using privacy legislation to avoid releasing information and doctors using personal mobile devices to capture images of anaesthetized patients…

Prizewinning videos highlight September’s kickoff presentation

  STC Canada Westcoast’s 2016-2017 Kick-off Presentation was hosted by Karen Rempel on September 10, 2016. This informative presentation featured winners from the video entry category of this year’s STC International Summit Awards. Karen explained the structure and purpose of the awards as well as the judging criteria. Judges based their decisions on a few key…

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

People who attended the Tech Comm Café on September 14 were in for a surprise. The restaurant where we’ve met regularly for over two years has closed its doors and been replaced by a construction site, resulting in some confused faces in the parking lot! However, we quickly reconvened on a nearby patio and enjoyed…

Spotlight: Mark Matsuno

In September’s Spotlight, we feature Mark Matsuno. Mark was the treasurer of STC Canada West Coast until June 2016 and had a pivotal role in organizing the chapter’s finances. He discusses his transition from translation to technical writing, and offers advice for new technical writers. Question: How did you get started in technical writing? Several…

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