Tech Comm Café

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…

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 The restaurant where we’ve met regularly for over two years has closed its doors and been replaced by a construction site, resulting in some confused faces in the parking lot!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…

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

The Tech Comm Café met on August 10, 2016, for an informative discussion of current topics of interest to the technical writing community. One person who attended is an active volunteer with another group. We discussed the challenges that are common to many professional associations nowadays: it’s hard to maintain membership, attendance, and volunteer numbers…

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

The Tech Comm Café met on July 13, 2016, for an informative discussion of work-related dilemmas. It was great to see experienced, working technical writers brainstorming to generate fresh ideas. Skill levels: How do employers and writers define junior, intermediate, and senior writers? Generally, junior writers have less than two years of experience, intermediates have…

Tech Comm Café: June 8 recap; next meeting July 13

Tech Comm Café: June 8 recap; next meeting July 13

The Tech Comm Café met on June 8 at BG Urban Café in Burnaby for an engaging talk about technical writing and communication. The group was large enough to have a lively discussion, yet small enough that we could hear everyone clearly amidst the café’s background noise. The group was diverse professionally and in experience….

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

The Tech Comm Café met on May 11, 2016, for another informative discussion of technical communication topics. This time we focused on the question of scope creep and client expectations. A writer asked about a first-time client who offered her a lump sum to write a white paper. The writer drew up a plan for…

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

The Tech Comm Café met on April 13 at a café in Burnaby for another wide-ranging discussion of technical communication topics. A writer asked for tips on setting up a Doc-to-Help system in a way that would allow the client to maintain and update information after the writer had left the project. Though no-one at…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: April 13, 2016 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: April 13, 2016 recap

At the third Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café, six attendees enjoyed Thai food at the Tropical Island restaurant. Highly recommended: their Singapore noodles with shrimp or a curry! After introductions, Serena Beck, who organized the get-together, announced the new volunteer position of Vancouver Island Coordinator. She also let everyone know about the Contractor’s Directory on…

Tech Comm Café: March 9 recap; next meeting April 13

Tech Comm Café: March 9 recap; next meeting April 13

A dedicated group braved a dark and stormy night to attend the Tech Comm Café on March 9 at a café in Burnaby. Announcements – STC Canada West Coast chapter will host a seminar on “How the foundation for technical communication can lead to work as a business analyst” on March 19. Check http://stcwestcoast.ca/chapter/march-19-how-the-foundation-for-technical-communication-can-lead-to-business-analysis for…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Feb. 18 recap

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Feb. 18 recap

At the second Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café, attendees enjoyed an evening of sizzling Indian food and great conversation. We discussed which tools we use for writing. More than half of us at the meeting use Madcap Flare; the rest use FrameMaker or Microsoft Word. Flare has a 30-day trial and you can receive technical…

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