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Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: May 9 recap; next meeting June 13

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: May 9 recap; next meeting June 13

This month’s Tech Comm Café was a mix of new and old faces and covered a wide range of topics. Job lead. The meeting started with an interesting job lead put forward by one of our experienced freelancers. According to an article in The Editors’ Weekly, the Canadian government tenders $15 billion to $20 billion…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: April 11 recap; next meeting May 9

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: April 11 recap; next meeting May 9

The theme of the April 11 Tech Comm Café was ethics. The conversation was lively, and participants shared many stories and ideas about ethical dilemmas in technical writing. Working for companies with questionable ethical practices. Financial considerations may force us to compromise our ethics, but some people had quit or refused jobs due to ethical…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: March 28 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: March 28 recap

Victoria-area technical communicators came out thirsty for beer and conversation to Smiths Pub for the first quarterly Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café of 2018. It was a lively and free-flowing meeting where we got to know new people, settled on some topics for future meetings, and enjoyed some beer and socializing. Introductions: Much of the…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: March 14 recap: next meeting April 11, 2018

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: March 14 recap: next meeting April 11, 2018

This month’s meeting welcomed a variety of people: senior writers, including two who recently relocated to Vancouver; a recent graduate; and a student intern making a career change to technical writing. All shared their experiences and contributed different perspectives to the discussion. The “the.” Someone asked for help with a debate she’s having at work….

Webinar recording: Typography essentials

On February 20, 2018, past president Stephen Gauer hosted an enlightening webinar on the essentials of typography. View the webinar to learn how typography impacts the readability of written language. Stephen provides an overview of the history of typography, and covers various typographic concepts such as: typeface and font proportional vs monospace size and weight…

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…

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…

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…

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…

November 16: Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café

Tech Comm Café provides networking opportunities, job leads, answers to work-related dilemmas and a burst of professional entry to keep you motivated. The next Tech Comm Café in the Victoria area will meet on Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. LOCATION: Churchill Pub, 1140 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. For this get-together, we’ll discuss what the…

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