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, 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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July: Panel of Hiring Managers

Three 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.

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June: Privacy on the Internet…I don’t think so

You will be provided with real world examples by a presenter whose primary work is OSINT investigation (open-source intelligence, data gathering from publicly available sources), along with an extensive handout containing various domestic and international websites for gathering intelligence, tips for searching, list of available tools, and list of OSINT experts to which you can turn when you have specific needs. We will delve into privacy plus the ups and down of LinkedIn, Amazon, social networking and online searching such as Spokeo.

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