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.
Last month’s scheduled speaker, Constance Rose, Founder of Advocacy for Humankind (www.advocacyforhumankind.com), 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:
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.
Developers and writers have similar jobs, but they tend to use different tools and workflows. Writers who work with developers have an easier time if they learn to fit into the developer culture.
Managers who interview and make hiring decisions regarding technical writers, editors, illustrators or other roles in the broad category of technical documentation will discuss what they are looking for in potential candidates, and give you some insight into how they work. There will be time for questions from the meeting attendees.
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.
This year’s TechComm Camp is Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27 and will be held at San Jose State University.
TC Camp is a weekend of collaboration and creative energy put on by TC Camp, a 501(c)(3) public charity. At this popular techcomm getaway, you’ll do more than talk shop with Silicon Valley’s best technical communicators – you’ll come away with a whole new set of
information development skills and resources. Soak up five expert
workshops on topics like static website generation, promoting
smooth SME communication, and more.
Find out more and grab your tickets at this link.
The lines between marketing writing (copywriting) and technical writing are blurring in the job market. Even though technical writers are increasingly asked to provide marketing content, many hiring managers, recruiters, and technical writers don’t appreciate the significant differences between the two kinds of writing. So what are the differences, which kind of writing might appeal to you more, and what can you learn to enable you to do both kinds of writing?
Andrew Davis, who recruits technical content developers, will give his view of the current market for technical writers and people in related professions.
Are you a technical writer who wants to broaden your horizons? One area to consider is medical writing.