Saturday, January 18: Annual Party and Touchstone Awards


Our annual party features a catered buffet dinner, great companionship with fellow communicators, and valuable door prizes. As in previous years, we will announce the  northern California Technical Communication Competition, Touchstone, winners and display the winning entries throughout the evening. These winners exhibit the best in technical communication. Continue reading

Wednesday, February 12 – How Your Audience Reads Your Writing: Insights from Psycholinguistics

Speaker: Joseph Devney, M.A


Psycholinguistics is the study of how the human brain interprets and produces language—both spoken and written. This presentation focuses specifically on how readers interpret written language in the context of transmitting technical information. Are there aspects of how the brain works that might affect how technical writers should do their jobs? Is the conventional wisdom Continue reading

Wednesday December 11 – STC Berkeley December networking event—NOT at Highlands Country Club

The STC Berkeley chapter will not have a formal meeting with a guest speaker in December this year. Instead, on the second Wednesday we will have a networking and socializing event in the Uptown neighborhood of Oakland. In the wake of the East Bay chapter merger with the Berkeley chapter, this will be a chance for the memberships of both chapters to meet and get to know each other in a friendly atmosphere.

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Wednesday, November 13 – How to Get Clients and Keep Them

Last month’s scheduled speaker, Constance Rose, Founder of Advocacy for Humankind (, has graciously agreed to be our November speaker since the October meeting was cancelled due to the power outage in our meeting location and the surrounding neighborhood.

She will explore how in an unpredictable job market, maybe it makes sense to take control and build your own business. This talk will be about getting clients and retaining them, and the challenges you will face as a solo entrepreneur or small business owner. Subject matter covered will be:

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Wednesday, October 9 – MEETING CANCELED!

We have canceled the STC Berkeley meeting for tonight because of the widespread electrical outage planned by PG&E. The building we meet in will be closed, and the streetlights and traffic lights in the neighborhood will not be working.

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, November 13. Our October speaker has rescheduled for then. Same topic: “How to Get Clients and Keep Them,” presented by Constance Rose.


Speaker: Constance Rose, Founder of Advocacy for Humankind ( 

In an unpredictable job market, maybe it makes sense to take control and build your own business. This talk will be about getting clients and retaining them, and the challenges you will face as a solo entrepreneur or small business owner. Subject matter covered will be:

  • Your brand
  • Getting clients
  • Retaining clients
  • The hats you will wear
  • Incorporate or not

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STC Berkeley Job Fair – on a Saturday afternoon, September 28


Are you looking for a job in the field of technical communication? Or considering some change in your tech comm career? You need to attend the sixth annual STC Berkeley job fair. You can talk to recruiters, join in short discussions about career-related topics, and get expert advice about improving your resume. And you can network with other people in the field at the Job Fair.

We’ll again have the job fair on a Saturday afternoon to make it more convenient for people to attend.


Recruiters from Synergistech, TEKsystems, and Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Résumé advice from Joy Montgomery, author of Hand It to ‘Em on a Platter, a book about resume-building.

Progression-style discussions:

  • “Skills You Need to be a Technical Writer” – Meryl Sustarsic
  • “Technical Writing in the Medical Device Industry” – Jessie Miyasaki

Time and Place

Saturday, September 28, 2019. Doors open at 12:00 p.m., close at 3:00 p.m.  Recruiters from Synergistech and Expert Support will have tables to meet candidates. Progression discussion(s) 1:00 to 2:00.

The location is the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley. You can take public transit; the campus is adjacent to the Ashby BART station. The job fair will be just off the main lobby.


$10 reserved online (click Add to Cart below) or $15 at the door.

You can reserve now using PayPal.

If you don’t wish to use PayPal, you can reserve a place by sending email to We’ll collect the reserved-in-advance price from you (cash or check) at the door.

Wednesday, September 11 – My Journey from Technical Writer to VP of Technical Writing: Lessons Learned

Speaker: Valerie Steele, VP, Technical Writing and Assistance Solutions at Oracle.

Very few people in the 90s purposefully went into technical writing as a career. Come join us for a story of how one person fell into technical writing and turned that unplanned move into a surprisingly successful, long-term career. You’ll hear about mishaps and drama, epic fails and serendipitous events. And you might learn something along the way.

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Wednesday, June 12- Why You Should (and Should Not) Use Markdown

Markdown keeps coming up—as a lightweight writing format, a lingua franca among other file types, and a lure to get engineers to document their code better. But what is it, and why should you (not) use it? In this talk, I will discuss the history and foibles of Markdown, a few useful Markdown tools, and of course some alternatives you should consider.

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