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FREE STC Chapter/ SIG Member-Only Webinar: Getting to Compliant: Responding to RFPs for the Technical Writer

by Sean Stevenson, Proposal Manager, EMCOR Government Services

DATE Tuesday, 7 June 2016
TIME 2:00–3:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Register on the STC.org website.

If you could slow proposal writing down, you’d notice it’s not so different from technical writing. You work on a team with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to produce a heavily structured piece of writing. The problem is it’s not slowed down. Furthermore, if you’re in a large organization you are rarely thrown into the proposal writing process at the beginning; you’re thrown in the middle.

The objective for our work together is to provide context for when it happens to you. Learn the different phases of proposal writing. If you need to assist some engineers to prepare for Red Team, learn what that means (prepare to work!). Learn the different sections of a government RFP: Section L, Section M, and so on.

Be compliant! Set up a document based on the instructions in Section L. See what else needs to be addressed in the evaluation criteria (Section M). Experience in technical communication ensures you will know if a legitimate approach to a problem is in the text you received. Additionally, your SMEs have great ideas that may or may not be what the government is asking for. Use your skills as a reader to see if what is on the page answers the spirit and the letter of the RFP. Use your writing skills to edit and rearrange your text to clearly map to the requirement.

Know your boundaries. Know when you need to talk to the proposal manager. Hundreds of pages turned around in thirty days also lends itself to the “80% Solution.” Know when to stick up for quality and when it needs to get out the door.

Sean Stevenson, President of the Washington, DC-Baltimore chapter of STC, is a technical communicator working in business development. He started as a creative writer who taught writing on the side. He worked at the Writers Guild trying to support himself, and realized eventually that he needed a career, not just a means to support himself. In 2008, he took a job at Northrop Grumman in Maryland as a Technical Editor and spent five years there. Over time, he found his way into business development and in 2013, took a job as a proposal manager at EMCOR Government Services in Arlington, VA. Sean has an MFA in playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He teaches yoga in his spare time and wants to teach English as a Foreign Language again.

Register on the STC.org website.

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Updated Internship Listings

The University of Maryland now has internship programs that are coordinated by several departments at the university. I’ve added a list of some of them to our Internships section at http://jobs.stcwdc.org/employment-resources/#INTERNS on our WDCB Jobs Board's Employment Resources page.

These University of Maryland internship programs are

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As an example of places that offer internships, look over the list from the History department for Undergraduate Internship Possibilities.

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TC Camp – the techcomm unconference

Save the date, Saturday, July 30th for TCCamp – the techcomm unconference. This year, the unconference will be at our own George Mason University. See the TCCamp website for an idea of the forum and format.

Consider volunteering for TCCamp. Details about volunteering are on their website and volunteers get in free!

Details about the conference will be posted here as the plan comes together. Watch this space.

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Congratulations to new STC Fellow, Carolyn Kelley Klinger

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Carolyn Kelley Klinger

Congratulations to chapter member, Carolyn Kelley Klinger, who is a new Fellow of STC.


For her boundless enthusiasm, her advocacy for STC as the voice of the profession, and her unwavering devotion to recruiting, training, and supporting STC volunteers.

Carolyn joined STC in 1995 and has been an active volunteer for the STC Washington, DC chapter since 1998. She is a two-time past president of the STC Washington, DC Chapter and has held all the chapter’s Administrative Council roles and served on most of its committees. She is an enthusiastic booster of STC, speaking often to schools and professional groups about the benefits of the profession.

Carolyn has served the Society by acting as one of its representatives to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during STC’s successful bid for inclusion of technical communication in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Carolyn has also served on the STC Nominations Committee and the CAC.

We are extremely proud of Carolyn and all that she does for the chapter and the Society.

The rank of Fellow is the highest honor an STC member can receive and may only be awarded to Associate Fellows who have continued to excel in the field of technical communication. STC Fellows contribute to the profession and the Society at the highest level, as indicated by their publications, presentations, awards, mentoring, leadership, and community service. For more information about the rank of STC Fellow, see http://www.stc.org/membership/recognition/honors/882-what-is-an-stc-fellow.

Congratulations to Carolyn and to the other 2016 Associate Fellows and Fellows:

2016 Associate Fellows

  • Valerie M. Ball
  • Nicoletta A. Bleiel
  • Todd A. DeLuca
  • Timothy Esposito
  • Kim E. Lindsey
  • Robert E. Perry

2016 Fellows

  • Mollye Barrett
  • Pam Estes Brewer
  • Russel Keith Hirst
  • Rachel Houghton
  • Carolyn Kelley Klinger
  • Mike Murray
  • Makarand Pandit
  • Marta A. Rauch
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