Tech Comm Café

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…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: January 19 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café:  January 19 recap

The first Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café of 2017 was held January 19. The small group of technical writers, aspiring technical writers, and our invited guest met at The Next Sushi in Victoria’s Cook St. Village. Our guest for the evening was Olga Romanova, the Human Resources manager at Reliable Controls. Olga had kindly agreed…

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

The Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café met on November 9 at a coffee shop near Broadway and Cambie. After some brief introductions around the table, announcements included: — The Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication is offering a limited number of subsidized student memberships. The deadline to apply is November 30. —…

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…

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…

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