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STC-NorthBay .. what’s next?

Our meeting on October 29 was well attended and quite productive. We have decided to create a new group that is not directly affiliated with STC to support communicators (of all types) in the North Bay. This group will meet regularly (frequency to be decided) and will likely alternate between educational meetings and socials. We

STC NorthBay chapter is closing

STC NorthBay members will likely have received an email indicating that STC headquarters is closing our chapter for “low activity.” We are sad to see the chapter come to an end, and value the networking and social time we’ve had together. We are hoping to have a final meeting (or two) as a chapter and

Starting Your Own Business — Virtual Conference Preview!

STC is offering a 3-day virtual conference on “Starting Your Own Business.” This online event will include presentations on all aspects of starting your own business or freelancing shop. If you are a business owner, independent consultant, freelancer or trainer, you should definitely consider attending. Prices are very reasonable. For more details or to register,

What’s a TC Camp?

TC Camp is an “unconference” focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators. So, what’s an unconference? It’s an event where users suggest topics, get together and discuss them in detail. It’s even described in Wikipedia .. check it out. The purpose of TC Camp is to provide

LavaCon 2010: Manage Your Online Brand (and support your local chapter!)

OK, you’re on Facebook and maybe Twitter. Now what? Join other technical communicators at the LavaCon Conference on Digital Media and Content Strategies, Sept. 29–Oct. 2 in San Diego, CA and learn how to use social media to advance your tech comm career. First, read Jack Molisani’s cover article on the June Intercom magazine to

Introduction to DITA Workshop in Cupertino

On August 7, 2010 at DeAnza College in Cupertino, the STC Silicon Valley chapter will have an “Introduction to DITA Workshop.” Some of the topics covered will be DITA concepts, tasks, references, DITA maps, tools and technologies (DITA Open Toolkit, XML Mind). There will also be hands-on examples so students will work on pieces they

APIs and SDKs: Breaking into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market

Seminar presented by API/SDK documentation expert Ed Marshall, Marshall Documentation Consulting in Boston. Cost: $195 per person (includes breakfast and lunch) When: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Where: Best Western Pony Soldier Inn, 9901 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR Since the early 1990s, the demand for application programming interface (API) and software development

2010 STC Summit in Dallas

The 2010 STC Technical Communication Summit was held in Dallas this year on May 2-5. Our chapter was represented by two members, Monique Semp and myself (Scott Prentice). We estimate that we may have had the greatest percentage of chapter attendance, a whopping 20% (2 of the 10 “official” chapter members)! Let’s shoot for at

Meeting: Spring Networking Social at Maguire’s Pub in Petaluma

A good time was had by all at our spring networking social at Maguire’s on May 20. We had a good turnout, and discussed all sort of interesting topics. The officers discussed some of the proposed changes to the chapter website as well as the new meeting style, which will be a mix of virtual

Survey: Lavacon Conference may be coming to the Bay Area this fall

The eighth annual Lavacon Conference may be coming to the Bay Area (Monterey) this fall. Visit Lavacon Survey to learn more and to fill out their survey about the event’s location and what programs you feel should be offered. Tweet