Tech Comm Café

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…

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…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Oct. 11 recap; next meeting Nov. 8

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Oct. 11 recap; next meeting Nov. 8

This month’s meeting started with a work-related dilemma: how do you convince busy team leaders to delegate work? Some say it’s easier to do everything themselves. They know the work will be done right and on time, and they don’t have to take time out of their busy day to train and monitor a new…

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 13 recap; next meeting Oct. 11

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 13 recap; next meeting Oct. 11

Our first online Tech Comm Café was a great success. The Vancouver-area and Vancouver Island groups, separated by 110 kilometres and the Strait of Georgia, met jointly online on Sept. 13. We had an excellent turnout and a lively discussion that extended half an hour beyond the scheduled time, ending only when the host had…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: June 14 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: June 14 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

Everyone at the June meeting had several years of technical writing experience and was working full-time, so instead of discussing topics of interest to newcomers, such as writing classes and job-hunting, we focused on work questions (and vented a little, in a polite and constructive way). Tools: Our small group included users and fans (or…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: May 1 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: May 1 recap; next meeting online Sept. 13

The May 1 Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café was held at Frankie’s Modern Diner, where writers enjoyed everything from milk shakes to mimosas and burgers to pasta. We also had the pleasure of chatting with two guest speakers: Michele Macklin, Senior Interaction Designer at Number 41 Media, and Andrew Macklin, Senior Software Developer at Reliable…

Tech Comm Café: May 10 recap; next meeting June 14

Tech Comm Café: May 10 recap; next meeting June 14

The Tech Comm Café met on May 10 for a wide-ranging discussion of technical writing topics — after a brief rehash of the previous evening’s cliff-hanger provincial election, still awaiting final ballot counts and recounts in several ridings. One person brought a new perspective to the frequent debate over classroom vs. online courses. He’s pursuing…

Tech Comm Café: April 12 recap; next meeting May 10, 2017

Tech Comm Café: April 12 recap; next meeting May 10, 2017

A break in Vancouver’s wet weather on a cool spring evening brought an eclectic mix of technical writers to the Allegro Café, near downtown Vancouver, for April’s Tech Comm Café meeting. After a quick round of introductions where members practiced their elevator speeches, the group set the agenda and a friendly tone for the 90-minute…

Tech Comm Café: March 8 recap; next meeting April 12, 2017

Tech Comm Café: March 8 recap; next meeting April 12, 2017

The dark rainy evening of March 8 saw a number of people take shelter at Allegro Café to meet for the Tech Comm Café. After some enthusiastically received announcements regarding upcoming workshops and volunteer meetings, the group introduced themselves. With a mix of seasoned technical writers and people new to the field, the theme of…

Tech Comm Café: Feb. 8 recap; next meeting March 8, 2017

Tech Comm Café: Feb. 8 recap; next meeting March 8, 2017

On February 8 the Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café attracted a small but enthusiastic group, despite seven cancellations because of the snow. We made some great connections over lively conversation. To get things started, each of us shared a bit about our backgrounds and experiences. It’s always interesting to hear the diverse paths that led people…

Menu