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Call for Proposals to Summit 18

The Call for Proposals for the 65th Annual Conference: Technical Communication Summit 2018 is open. Proposals are due at 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) 27 September 2017.

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All proposals must be submitted through STC's online submission system. STC's 65th Annual Conference: Technical Communication Summit 2018 will be held 20-23 May 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

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Picture Perfect! Turn Words and Data into Powerful Graphics

Quickly turn your words, data, and ideas into powerful graphics. Attend this high-energy, interactive workshop to learn how to communicate even the most complex content in a way that is impactful and unforgettable. Get step-by-step instructions, practical tips, and tools. After attending this workshop, you’ll be able to make any complex idea easy to understand in three steps: turn ideas, text, and data into graphics, visualize and better communicate your solutions, make professional graphics that are clear, communicative, and compelling, and find the right imagery at the right price.

Each attendee will receive:

  • DIY Billion Dollar Graphics ebook

  • 200 Professional PowerPoint Graphics

  • Graphic Cheat Sheet

  • P.A.Q.S Questionnaire

  • Top Websites for Free or Low-cost Graphics

Bringing your own laptop is strongly encouraged but not required. When we render infographics, having a laptop will allow you to create your own. Please have PowerPoint 2013 or greater on your laptop to participate.

A light breakfast will be provided.

If you have time after the workshop, continue the conversations by joining us for lunch nearby. The cost of lunch is on your own.


Mike ParkinsonMike Parkinson, Microsoft MVP and APMP Fellow, is a visual communication guru, professional educator, and award-winning author. Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and educational institutions work with Mike to achieve their goals. His two companies, Billion Dollar Graphics and 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com), provide training, tools, and creative services that help others achieve their goals.


Note that we will be in Founders Hall at the Arlington campus of George Mason University.

The Arlington campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station on the Orange Line.

Public transportation options to the Arlington Campus

Paid visitor parking is available in the Founders Hall Garage, accessible via Founders Way North.

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STC’s 2018 Membership Season is Open

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Join or Renew STC Now

STC membership is based on a calendar year. All memberships expire on 31 December. Individuals joining STC for the first time (or former members whose membership has lapsed more than one year) pay Society dues, a $15.00 enrollment fee, and chapter and SIG fees (if applicable). Because the full range of STC products and services is available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.

Note: Your dues may be tax deductible. For information, see https://www.stc.org/deduct-your-dues/

Join or Renew your STC membership today to continue receiving exclusive benefits such as the member rate for the 2018 Summit in Orlando, Florida (STC's annual conference and exposition).

We encourage you to add the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter as your home chapter or in addition to other chapters and SIGs you may join. Why should you join STC and the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter? The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter offers many opportunities to network with others in your field such as First Friday Lunches, InfoDecDC Meetups, Happy Hours, and other chapter events. You can explore your interests and expand your education and skills by attending webinars, TC Summer Camp, and participating in chapter committees and our technical communication competition. See Why Should You Join the WDCB Chapter? for more reasons to join the chapter.

See the following links for more information about STC and how to join:

STC has added a new benefit for members!

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STC is pleased to announce a new member benefit through Office Depot!

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Easy to Order, Easy to Save! Through the STC Member Perks page you can set up a Discount Account with OfficeDepot to

  • Shop online
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Through the STC Member Perks program, you can take advantage of a variety of services and products at special member discounts. Participation in these programs provides a true return on your investment in membership. Take advantage of special member discounts with companies such as: Hertz, Lenovo, MadCap Software, UPS, Mass Market Insurance Consultants, and more!

To view all the STC Member Perks, see STC Member Perks.

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Bloomery Plantation Distillery Tour 2017

The Washington DC-Baltimore chapter of STC returns to the Bloomery Plantation on October 7th. We had so much fun last year (see photos of 2016photos of 2015 and photos of 2014), we’re doing it again this year.

Bloomery Plantation is a 12-acre farm steeped in history–and moonshine! A former ironworks, today it is a charming mini-distillery where they make artisan cordials by hand from their farm’s own lemons and raspberries.

What does this have to do with technical communication, you ask? Well, it turns out running a business like this requires a lot of labeling. The process of creating SweetShines, as they call their artisan cordials, is quite technical. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. We will enjoy a tour of the grounds and hear about the slightly tarnished past of this neck of the woods while we strengthen our ties to one another as a network of technical communicators.

Despite the focus on spirits in the Bloomery’s tasting room, this is actually a great event for families, with lots of land to explore.

Food is not available at the Bloomery Planation but you can bring your own picnic (be sure to include food, non-alcoholic drinks, and paper products; be prepared to carry out your own trash) if you’d like. Nearby restaurants include Alfredo’s, KFC, Subway, and Chick-Fil-A.

Bloomery rules:

  • Don’t bring in any other alcohol, per WV law.

  • GPS will get you lost. Use Google or Mapquest.

  • Dress casually. High heels will get you stuck in the soil.

  • Feel free to bring kids and kid-friendly drinks. 


3:00 Arrive and gather with our group 

3:15 Tasting 

4:15 Tour of grounds and history

5:00 Hang out and network

6:00 Official event ends 

8:00 Bloomery closes

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