May Virtual Happy Hour

Hello all! It is my pleasure to announce our first virtual happy hour for STC Berkeley!

Even when we’re sheltering in place, we can still socialize! Come join us on Zoom on Friday, May 8th, at 5 pm Pacific Time. Bring your favorite drink and snacks, and enjoy some company from the comfort and safety of your home!

If you are interested, Nicki will be sending an email with more information soon. You can also use this link to access the meeting:

I hope to see you there. In the meantime, stay safe out there!

Rachel Lamb
VP for Programs, Berkeley chapter, Society for Technical Communication.

Wednesday, April 8 – MEETING CANCELED!

Due to safety concerns and the recent shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area, including Alameda County, we are canceling this month’s meeting.

Here’s more information about the order:

We’re exploring other ways, such as virtual coffee meetups, to meet up with you online (for example, Zoom). We’ll keep you posted.

We hope to organize the May meeting, but it will depend on the situation.

We‘ll send out any necessary updates via email, so please make sure to check your email regularly.

On behalf of the STC-Berkeley leadership team, I wish everyone good health. Please stay safe.

Nicki L Davis, PhD
President, Berkeley chapter, Society for Technical Communication.

Wednesday, March 11 – User Experience: What it is and Why Tech Writers Should Care

Speaker: Nicki Davis


Back in the day, tech writers were the vanguard of software usability; the way to make software easier to use was to write a better user manual. But then along came usability, and writers discovered that they could better serve their readers by helping engineers to make software easier to use. Writers also made their instructions more accessible by providing user assistance in the form of UI text, tooltips, and context-sensitive help.

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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 in the field of technical writing supported by research?

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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