President’s Message From STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter

Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Our hope is that you are finding and improving on ways to face the challenges of the times. We strive to be a positive reinforcement for the importance of a supportive community and thank you for tuning in. Your time spent with us is valued and we are pleased to update you on the events created for your enrichment and enjoyment. In commemoration of Black History Month, we wish you balance, upliftment, love for yourself, love for your neighbor.

For there is always light
If only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
-Amanda Gorman


The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussion on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field. Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

February 2021

Matt Reiner – Writing Documentation in an Agile Environment
With various agile framework options available, and the agile manifesto itself stating that agile doesn’t value “lengthy documentation,” it’s hard to understand where content creation fits. We will explore this and how agile product development teams can rapidly develop and deliver content alongside their product.
Webinar: Wednesday February 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

<Jack Molisani – TechComm Trivia Night!
Come join us for an evening of networking and fun brain teasers to stretch your techcomm IQ!
Webinar: Wednesday February 17, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

March 2021

Angela Trenkle – Scientific Technical Writing in the COVID-19 Era
A deep dive of the topic will include the type of skills that scientific writing requires, how to venture into the specialty, and the various types of opportunities that working in this area of expertise can open up for those up for the challenge.
Webinar: Wednesday March 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

April 2021

Sean Stevenson – How to Slay an RFP
Learning how to develop proposals is essential to creating bids to win new business, which is the cornerstone of business development. Come learn how to knock out a response to a request for proposal (RFP).
Webinar: Thursday April 1, 2021 @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET

May 2021

Adam Bradley – The Foundation of Technical Illustration

Discover how to determine when your content should be communicated graphically. Learn how to communicate with graphic artists and illustrators with the use of common terminology. Understand what the fundamentals are to create technical graphics in order to effectively instruct authors on what requests to make from graphic specialists.
Webinar: Friday May 28, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

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The Masterclass in TechComm Podcast

Our January 2021 feature was rescheduled to our February 2021 Episode Starring: Angela Trenkle – Discourse with a Tech Writer Working on Covid-19 Pre-Clinical Trial Work

Listen to a tech writer working in the bioresearch industry, share how her career path led her into pre-clinical trial work for COVID-19 research.

Listen to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast on Sunday February 28, 2021 @ 8 p.m. ET
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STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

STC WDCB Chapter joined forces with the STC Alliance Competition team and entry judging is underway! For updates on the entries, award winner selections, and judges, subscribe and check out STC Alliance Competition for details.

STC Alliance Competition – Schedule of Events
November 11, 2020 – STC TechComm Roadshow
December 8, 2020 – Deadline for Judge Entry Forms
January 15, 2021 – Deadline for Entries
January 25, 2021 – Training / Refresher for Judges (virtual)
February 1, 2021- Judging Phase Begins
April 17, 2021 – Consensus Day
April 28, 2021 – Awardees Announced
June – September 2021 – Awarding Conducted

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STC WDCB Chapter Membership

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Not only do we want to continue to serve you with professional development events and opportunities to network, we would love for you to give us feedback on our programs and events. We’re also interested in collaborating with you on professional development initiatives and projects, so please email the address below to set up a time to discuss the concept that you have in mind. If you haven’t already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

Thank you for your energy. We greatly appreciate you.

Kind regards,

Tavia Record
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter
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Student Discount Registration Fees for STC Online Courses

STC webinars

With many STC members and professionals in our wider community whose financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, we're offering the student discount rate of $295 for online courses to our members for our live programming through 31 December 2020. We hope this provides a small bit of positivity in these troubling times. You should receive the discount automatically when you register. If you have questions, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Not yet a member of STC? Visit the Membership page on the STC website for details about membership benefits.

If you are starting your career, thinking about a career change, or need to enhance your skills, here are courses to help you.

Developing an In-house Style Guide, presented by Leah Guren, is a mini course on 2 and 9 September (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. Style guides are an essential part of any TC professional's tool kit. They can provide rationale for editorial choices and help resolve conflict. However, even the best general style guides cannot take the place of an in-house style guide, in which your company's specific issues and terminology are defined.

"Creating Design Solutions–Designing Artifacts for Society", presented by Adam Bradley, runs 4 September to. 16 October 2020 (Fridays) from 10:00 to 11:00 AM EDT. The learning activities include learning what design is and how to create problem statements to. capture found issues within society. We will also discuss ways of conducting ethnographic research and analyzing found data to brainstorm new concepts, to narrow down the focus of ideas, and to develop a persona of the target market. Find inspiration through mood boards, exploring concept themes, product exemplify word charts, journey maps, and data flow diagrams. We will. also cover graphic design concepts, basics of drawing, and creating renderings. We will create low-fidelity mockups, wireframes, sketches, and storyboards to test concepts and make rapid improvements. Lastly, we will learn to make high-fidelity prototypes and sale pitches/presentations.

Introduction to the Field of TechComm: What Every New Professional Should Know, presented by Guiseppe Getto, runs 9 through 23 September 2020 (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. The course covers an overview of core skill sets, best practices, and more. If you're a writing- or communication-focused professional who likes to help people, you're in the right place. There's a place for you in TechComm!

Technical Editing Foundations, presented by Li-At Rathbun, runs 30 September through 4 November (Wednesdays) from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT. In this 6-week course, you will learn what technical editors are and why they're needed, the "hard skills", "soft skills", how to identify passive voice and bloated sentences, what style guides are, how to mark-up text using proofreader marks, and more! The intended audience for this course is primarily technical editors who are new to the field and students who are considering entering the field. Seasoned technical editors who need a refresher or who never formally studied this topic may also benefit from this course.

TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp, presented by Leah Guren, runs 1 October through 19 November 2020 (Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT. This. is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work. It also gives you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. Each element of theory is presented with hands-on exercises, real-world examples, and plenty of discussion. The course is sure to leave you feeling enthusiastic and well prepared to get started in the field.

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Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter Earns 2020 Platinum Award

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The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is very pleased to announce that we earned the Platinum level award for the 2020 STC Community Achievement Awards (CAA). The award is based on the activities and programs offered throughout the 2019 calendar year. The citation reads:

For your great programming, including the All-Star Professional TechComm Speaker Series, your efforts to engage students, and for your communication with your members through various social channels and the President's Message newsletter.

STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC)

Congratulations to the entire membership of the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter, to our administrative council, and to our hard working volunteers!

The chapter thanks the STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee for the 2020 Platinum Community Achievement Award.