Virtual Happy Hour on Fridays

Please join us between 5 pm and 7 pm Pacific Time each Friday for good company and interesting conversations. You do not need to be an active member or part of STC to participate. All are welcome!

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If you have any questions, please contact Nicki Davis at nickinmr@gmail.com or secretary@stc-berkeley.org. Hope to see you there!

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Chapter Meeting January 11, 2023: A Technical Writer’s Introduction to OpenAPI

Speaker: Robert Delwood

About the program

“A Technical Writer’s Introduction to OpenAPI” is designed to give technical writers a foundational understanding of OpenAPI, sometimes known as Swagger. OpenAPI is a widely-used specification for building APIs, and it can be a valuable tool for technical writers to understand in order to document and communicate effectively about APIs. In this talk, you will learn the basics of OpenAPI, including how to write OpenAPI descriptions and generate documentation. By the end, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to use OpenAPI to document APIs in a clear and concise manner. Let’s get started!

About the speaker

Robert Delwood is a programmer, writer, and programmer-writer in Chicago’s legal community and formerly with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He’s been writing API documentation since the early days of Microsoft Windows. He sees the exponential growth of the REST API economy. He invites everyone to become an API documentation writer, and is willing to help them to get there.

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:25: Announcements
7:30 to 8:30: Presentation
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
~ 8:45: End the Zoom meeting

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Meeting ID: 863 8848 1798
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Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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December 14, 2022 – San Francisco STC Holiday Party – In Person

Free Food, Free Books, and Live Entertainment

About the program

Instead of having a December guest speaker via Zoom, we will be hosting an in-person holiday party!

The highlight of the evening will be our creative sharing time. This can take any form: A short story or poem you’ve written, a piece of art, a short video you made, or a craft project, such as a quilt or a sweater. Or you might play some music or rap, or sing a song. We hope you’ll share your talents and passion with us as we come together to celebrate the season! Sharing is completely optional.

Another tradition of our holiday parties is the book exchange. It’s optional, but if you want to participate, bring a new or gently used book, wrapped and unidentified. We’ll have a few extras if you forget but still want to participate. 

Note: We’ve reserved a room with a finite capacity. We’ll try to accommodate everyone who shows up, but it would help if you would let us know you’re coming and let us know if you’re bringing guests. Send email to reservations@stc-berkeley.org to let us know your plans.

If you’d like a ride, or if you’re driving, please send an email to rides@stc-berkeley.org, and we’ll try to introduce drivers and riders. If you’re driving, please tell us when and from where you’re leaving and how many passengers you can take.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are on us!

There will be no admission charge for this meeting.

See you there!

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Black Bear Diner, 5100 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Program:
6:30 to 7:15: Networking
7:15 to 8:15: Creative Sharing
8:15: Book exchange and more networking

Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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Chapter Meeting October 12, 2022 – Open Discussion

About the program

We have not scheduled a presentation for this meeting. We will talk about whatever technical communication topics the people who attend wish to discuss.

A roomful of technical communicators is seldom at a loss for ideas or opinions, and that goes for a Zoom-roomful as well. So join us for a lively and wide-ranging exploration.

Suggested topics for discussion:

  • Is technical communication still what we do? What are the boundaries?
  • What should we be learning to stay relevant?
  • Is it better to be an employee or a contractor these days?
  • Whatever topics you bring to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:25: Announcements
7:30 to 8:30: Open discussion
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
~ 8:45: End the Zoom meeting

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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQKmupVX8

Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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Chapter Meeting September 14, 2022 – How Technical Writers Can Earn a Seat At the Table and Take Control of Their Careers in 2023

Speaker: Daniel Codella

About the program

Artificial intelligence. Educated consumers. Chatbots. UX design. These are just a few trends threatening to render the role of the technical writer extinct. To avoid obsolescence, technical writers need to look beyond their traditional duties and start influencing business outcomes. This requires them to get out of their comfort zones and become trusted partners to leaders across their organizations. By aligning their work more closely with business priorities and making friends with influential members of the C-suite, they have the opportunity to earn a coveted “seat at the table.”

You’ll learn:

  • Which skills can make you indispensable to your organization
  • Strategies for building influence
  • How and why to take ownership of business outcomes

About the speaker

Daniel Codella is a marketer, writer, and keynote speaker with a deep interest in data and human nature. His passion is helping organizations across industries improve how they use marketing, data and psychology to drive business outcomes. He currently serves as a Senior Writer at BetterUp, a company focused on accelerating human growth and transformation.

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:25: Announcements
7:30 to 8:30: Presentation
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
~ 8:45: End the Zoom meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQKmupVX8

Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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Summer Schmooze at Sam’s BBQ

DATE
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 5:30 PM

LOCATION

Sam’s Barbeque, 1110 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose  (408) 297-9151

Continuing an STC tradition in the South Bay, the STC SF Bay Chapter will host a summer schmooze in the enclosed outside patio area at Sam’s.  You can buy your own alcoholic beverages, and we’ll run a food and soft drink tab to pay for the rest.

As you probably know, the STC SF Bay Chapter combines four former STC chapters: Berkeley, East Bay, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. We went virtual when the pandemic hit, but now we’re going to see how a few live events go. We’ll soon be announcing another in the Dublin/Pleasanton area.

Feel free to let us know you’re coming (reply to reservations@stc-berkeley.org), but it’s not a requirement. People are busy and often have to decide at the last moment, so if you can make it, just show up.

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