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.