Make plans now to attend STC Rochester’s 61st annual Spectrum Technical Communication conference, March 21-23, 2020, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This year’s theme is The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication and will focus on the exciting and challenging scope of work we do now as technical communicators.
The keynote speaker is Louisiana Tech University professor Kirk St. Amant, whose talk, Dynamics of Cognition, Usability, and Design, will examine the psychology of usability in different design contexts. St. Amant is a familiar face to STC members as a popular speaker at the STC Summit and for his contributions to STC’s journal Technical Communication and to Intercom magazine. A complete schedule of presentations, workshops, and directions to the Rochester Institute of Technology can be found on the STC Rochester Chapter website.
In addition to the presentations and workshops, Spectrum is a great opportunity to network with fellow technical communicators. Conference registration is now open. See you at Spectrum 2020!
The STC Alliance Competition is accepting entries for instructional, promotional, informational, or supporting materials. The deadline for submitting entries, whether print and online, is 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019.
Our friends in northeast Ohio are looking for speakers for the upcoming program year, which runs from September–April. The deadline for proposals to speak is July 26. There is a little more information and a proposal form on their website.
Our friends in northeast Ohio have invited Peter “Scotch” Scocimara, Senior Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud, to speak on April 11, 2019, about The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an A.I. World. Fittingly, this event will be held through Gotomeeting. For more information and to register, go to the EventBrite listing.
STC CNY (Central New York) and STC Rochester are holding a multi-chapter webinar on Thursday, February 28, from noon–1 p.m. There will be three brief presentations and question-and-answer periods:
- The Art of Visual Startup Guides, presented by Sandee Craig and Laurie Fiaretti, Senior Technical Illustrators
- The Heilmeier Catechism: A Persuasive Writing Rubric, presented by Melissa Hellman, proposal writer
- Build a Lasting TechComm Career, presented by John Garison, Lead Technical Communicator
There is more information about the speakers and their presentations, as well as a registration form, on EventBrite.
It’s hard to believe when sleety ice coats everything, but spring is coming, and with spring, conference season. STC Summit and the regional conference, Spectrum, put on by STC Rochester, top the list for technical communicators in southeast Michigan. Here are some updates. Continue reading “2019 Conferences: Updates”
STC Rochester is celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of their regional conference, Spectrum, and they have invited everyone to join them at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, NY, March 24–26 to celebrate. The theme is Remember Yesterday. Celebrate Today. Plan for Tomorrow, with keynote speaker Toni Ressaire. Super early bird rates are good through January 31 only. Continue reading “STC Rochester’s Spectrum Conference 2019 to Celebrate Diamond Anniversary”
Paul Joseph, publisher of the recently revised landmark plain language book, Put it in Writing, will discuss what distinguishes technical writing from other nonfiction in his presentation, What’s the Difference Between Technical Writing and Other Types of Writing? This free, half-hour webinar will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019, at noon. See the article on NEO STC’s website for more information and the registration link.
NEO STC has sent out a Save-the-Date note to let us know that Bernard Aschwanden, STC Associate Fellow and Past President, as well as an Adobe Certified Expert, will be presenting at Northeast Ohio STC’s Saturday, September 22, program. Bernard deals with all sorts of things pertaining to structured documents and CCMS.
There will be more information about this program later, so check NEO STC’s website.
We got a note from NEOSTC, the Northeastern Ohio chapter, letting us know that they have posted their March newsletter, Lines & Letters. There are several interesting articles, including the President’s Column, which has a very nice list of reasons to join NEOSTC or any other local STC chapter when you join STC.