Recent Events

Event report: Structured content webinar

On September 20, 2018 Nenad Furtula presented an overview of the principles and value of structured content. Nenad, a partner and VP Sales and Marketing at Bluestream Database Software, has been working with Extensible Markup Language (XML) for over 15 years. Structured vs. unstructured content Unstructured content is written as a single, complete unit (for…

Victoria Tech Comm Café: September 19 recap; next meeting November 7

Victoria Tech Comm Café: September 19 recap; next meeting November 7

There were, once again, many new faces at the September Victoria Tech Comm Café on a lovely rooftop patio in downtown Victoria. Organizing through a Meetup group has gotten the word out about STC Canada West Coast and made life easier for our organizers. With passion and enthusiasm discussion flowed as smoothly as the pints….

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: September 12 recap; next meeting online October 17

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: September 12 recap; next meeting online October 17

New and longtime technical writers met for the September Tech Comm Café at the Wicklow Pub. Attendees enjoyed the quiet and privacy of the new venue, as well as its food and drinks menu. The relaxed and convivial conversation touched upon the beauty of the sunset, the smell of rain after a drought, learning new…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: August 8 recap; next meeting September 12

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: August 8 recap; next meeting September 12

Our August meeting included longtime and new technical writers and people exploring the field as part of their career transition. The group enjoyed a lively and wide-ranging discussion. Call for volunteer writers: The meeting opened with a call for volunteers to contribute articles to the chapter website. A reminder to new technical writers: contributions to…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: July 11 recap; next meeting August 8, 2018

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: July 11 recap; next meeting August 8, 2018

This month we welcomed a smaller group for coffee and chat. Absentees were, presumably, either lounging on local beaches or holidaying in distant lands. However, the suggestion to skip the August meeting because of anticipated low attendance was met with horrified cries of “Of course not!” So, check below for details of that meeting. Two…

Aug 15, 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 find out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

Victoria Tech Comm Café: June 5 recap; next meeting July 25

Victoria Tech Comm Café: June 5 recap; next meeting July 25

Once again, some new faces turned out for the June 5 Tech Comm Café in Victoria. And, once again, the discussion was lively, varied, and long-lasting. We all cleaned our plates, drank our beer, and covered five topics at the busy Northern Quarter bar and music venue in downtown Victoria. Beyond Writing: We talked about…

Event report: Résumé tips, basics, and beyond

Renée McTavish is a technical writer and Certified Professional Résumé Writer™. On May 28, 2018, the STC Canada West Coast chapter held a webinar in which Renée shared tips on how technical writers can use résumés, LinkedIn, social media, and portfolios. Résumés Résumés focus on how the applicant’s skills match the employer’s needs. Résumés are…

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

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

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…

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