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Event report: Creating instructional videos

Event report: Creating instructional videos

The STC Canada West Coast chapter held its first event of 2019, a sold-out workshop on creating instructional videos, at a meeting room at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on January 19. Joel Basart, facilitator of the workshop, tapped into his years of experience as a technical writer and training coordinator. He…

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Jan. 16 recap; next meeting March 13

Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café: Jan. 16 recap; next meeting March 13

We managed to find a quieter corner in a restaurant that’s known for its large echoing rooms and loud atmosphere as well as for its good food. We didn’t quite have to shout to be heard, but the group was large enough that each half of the table had its own separate conversations going on….

Victoria Pierogifest Holiday Social: recap

Victoria Pierogifest Holiday Social: recap

STC Canada West Coast’s first ever Victoria Pierogifest Holiday Social was an engaging evening with plenty of rambling, wide-ranging discussion and catching up. The beer was cold. The pierogis were hot. The company was engaging. The Sült Pierogi Bar was a cosy venue with an exceptional selection of pierogis and beer. Some of us are already looking forward to…

Victoria Tech Comm Café: November 7 recap

Victoria Tech Comm Café: November 7 recap

Fire, Write the Docs, and Robots From across the room, the glinting, glossy, rock gas fireplace drew me in. I joined several fellow technical writers for a lovely chat about Write the Docs  and robots. Write the Docs is a free online community with excellent information for writers, users, developers, and “everyone.” Their all encompassing…

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café: Nov. 13 recap; next meeting Jan. 16, 2019

Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café:  Nov. 13 recap; next meeting Jan. 16, 2019

The November 13 Tech Comm Café met at the Cactus Club Café on Kingsway in Burnaby. The change from our usual downtown coffee shop brought in new people from across the Lower Mainland so we had lots to talk about over dinner. As usual, we started with job-hunting and networking tips. Many people use LinkedIn…

Online Tech Comm Café recap: Oct. 17, 2018

Online Tech Comm Café recap: Oct. 17, 2018

On Wednesday 17 October, a group of technical writers dialed in to share industry perspectives at a virtual Tech Comm Café. The join.me software worked well, with the invitation link and agenda arriving efficiently an hour before the event. A simple click brought us together, with the option of adding webcams or photos to add…

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…

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