Upcoming Virtual Book Club – Thursday, December 10

The STC-MGL fall virtual book club is just around the corner!

Join us on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. for our discussion on Writing is Designing by Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle. During this event, we’ll talk about the major concepts in the book, discuss how the topics relate to or affect technical communication, and what the ideas covered in the book mean for the future of our profession. It is sure to be a stimulating conversation.

We hope you will join us! Register for the virtual book club here.

About the Event

Who

Current STC and STC-MGL members

When

Thursday, December 10, 2020
7-8:30 p.m.

Where

Zoom

Cost

Free!

About the Book

From the Goodreads summary:
Without words, apps would be an unusable jumble of shapes and icons, while voice interfaces and chatbots wouldn’t even exist. Words make software human-centered, and require just as much thought as the branding and code. This book will show you how to give your users clarity, test your words, and collaborate with your team. You’ll see that writing is designing.

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: November 12

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  November 12, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: November 12”

Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101

Join STC-MGL on Tuesday, October 20 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT for the webinar Mastering Your Website 101 presented by Timothy Esposito!

Have you ever wanted to create your own website but feel too intimidated to start? Don’t know the difference between your HTTPs and your PHPs? Want to learn some tricks and tips for streamlining your web presence with social media? Then this is the webinar for you. During this event, we’ll go over the basics of creating and running a website using WordPress and cPanel, along with some additional tools designed to make your webmastering easier. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101”

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: October 13

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  Tuesday, October 13, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: October 13”

Join Us September 22 for the STC-MGL Virtual Open House

Welcome to the 2020–2021 program year! We are kicking it off as the newly formed STC Michigan Great Lakes, STC-MGL, chapter. We look forward to working with you as we create deeper connections and strengthen our tech comm community.

To begin this program year, we are holding a virtual open house! Please join us on Tuesday, September 22 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about STC and STC-MGL, meet our newly elected council members, and hear about the different ways you can grow personally and professionally through our upcoming networking events and programs.

This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn, ask questions, tell us more about yourself, and share any ideas you have about the direction the STC-MGL chapter will take this fall and next spring!

When

Tuesday, September 22, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT

Where

Virtual using Zoom

Register here!

Please register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 21. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Join Us September 22 for the STC-MGL Virtual Open House.

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: September 14

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Monday, September 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

Monday, September 14
12–1 PM ET

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of the day, September 13. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: September 14.

Virtual End-of-Year Networking Event

Please join us on Thursday, June 18, to celebrate the end of our successful 2019–2020 program year!

During this networking event we’ll share our personal highlights and accomplishments as a chapter, recognize outstanding contributions from council members, and introduce you to the new 2020–2021 STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter executive council.

When

Thursday, June 18
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Where

Virtual using Zoom

Register Here!

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual End-of-Year Networking Event.

Virtual Book Club Meets May 21

Our next virtual book club is just around the corner! We’ll be meeting on Thursday, May 21 from 7–8:30 p.m. in the book_club channel in Slack.
During this event, we will discuss Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of the book yet—there’s still time! Even if you don’t finish the book, you’re more than welcome to join in on the discussion. What better way to spend your quarantine than discussing grammar and punctuation with other tech comm professionals?

We hope you will join us!

When

Thursday, May 21
7–8:30 p.m. EST

Where

Book_club channel in Slack

Register Here!

Please register by 5:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 20. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the meeting discussed in the post Virtual Book Club Meets May 21.

About the Book

You guessed it: this book is all about punctuation and grammar. In her book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss takes us on a journey to discuss the history of italics, hyphens, commas, apostrophes, and more. She uses humor and hyperbole to explain how vital accurate grammar and punctuation are to our understanding of information. Her philosophy is replete with comical examples, so even if you don’t find yourself a strict grammarian, you might get a laugh out of those who do.

About the Author

Throughout her career, Lynne Truss has been a journalist, author, broadcaster, editor, and more. Although she claims not to be a “grammarian,” she cares deeply about the state of the world’s grammatical literacy and continues to fight the good grammar fight. For more information, you can visit Lynne Truss’s website.

Using Content Strategy to Improve Your Technical Writing

At first glance, the term “content strategy” might seem a bit ambiguous. Content strategy is a broad term, one that could be filled with numerous meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. In the webinar What Every Technical Communicator Should Know About Content Strategy, speaker Guiseppe Getto described this concept as twofold, where content describes the information that people actually see, and strategy describes the means for achieving a goal. Continue reading “Using Content Strategy to Improve Your Technical Writing”