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.

STC’s 2018 Membership Season is Open

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Summit Exclusive! Extend Your Stay and Get Disneyland Discounts

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Reserve your rooms at the official Summit hotel, the Anaheim Marriott, by 15 April and you’ll be entered to win an upgrade to an executive suite,* a $750+ value, for the duration of your conference stay!

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Book your stay for the 2016 Summit, 15-18 May, at the official conference hotel, the Anaheim Marriott. The Anaheim Marriott combines luxury accommodations with world-class meeting space, making it the ideal location for the 2016 Summit.

Why stay at the Anaheim Marriott?

Stay steps away from all conference activities including the education sessions, continental breakfast, and the Expo Hall
Take advantage of networking opportunities with other attendees at one of the Marriott’s bars or restaurants, including its signature poolside lounge.

Work, stay, and play in a completely renovated hotel, including spacious guest rooms and comfortable common areas.

Special Price on Disneyland

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Why not come in early or extend your stay and take advantage of the variety of activities to do in and around Anaheim, including nearby Disneyland Resort!

STC is excited to extend a special price on Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets to all registered Summit attendees. Tickets are valid from Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 to Sunday, 22 May, 2016 and must be purchased by 9:00 PM PST (GMT-8) on Saturday 14 May 2016. Don’t delay! Prices are subject to change without notice. Summit attendees may purchase up to 6 tickets at a time, so bring the whole family along for some fun!

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Register today! See you in Anaheim!

Recording of STC Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase


The event recording is available free at

The Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase was brought to you by the Rochester, New England, and Southeastern Michigan Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication.


Audience-specific Content using FrameMaker by Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden, STC President, works with clients to improve content creation, management and distribution workflows to improve quality and increase productivity. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and President of the STC, Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. Bernard is focused on publishing better, publishing faster and publishing smarter.

Know Your Users: Improving Learning Content by Connecting with User by Patty Gale

Patty Gale

As a learning content developer for a technical writing team at Autodesk, Patty Gale is involved in many aspects of the design, development, and production of learning content for 3D modeling software. A technical communicator for over 25 years, Patty has worked at businesses all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Whether the sole writer or part of a larger team, Patty enjoys learning new technologies and determining the most effective way to share important information with users. She has received multiple awards from her employers and STC competitions, including an International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication. Patty holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Management.

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Your Business by Angel Bedford

Angel Bedford

Angel Belford is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in writing, editing and content management.
Currently, Angel is the Web Content Administrator at Lourdes University managing all online content and the company Intranet.
Prior to her current position she worked at FOX Toledo, a local news media organization, overseeing the Internet department, social media and the internal content management system. Angel was a technical writer at La-Z-Boy, holding this position for several years while creating documentation including user and administrator manuals, quick reference cards, and online manuals.
She has developed/maintained several types of digital and print documentation including: quick reference cards, websites, forms, user guides, training manuals, diagrams and newsletters.

Call for Summit 2016 Proposals

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STC invites you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise at our Technical Communication Summit 2016, the 63rd Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication. The Summit is 15-18 May 2016 in Anaheim, California, USA. Anyone with experience in the latest communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions is invited to submit. You are not required to be an STC member to submit a proposal.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) on Monday, 21 September 2015. All proposals must be submitted through STC's online submission system.

Please read before submitting your proposal. This is where you'll find the session descriptions and guidelines for the proposals.

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The Technical Communication Summit is an international meeting of professional technical communicators at all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. It fosters industry-leading technical communication by stimulating information exchange, cultivating research, and serving as the primary source of education for professional technical communicators. The Summit is a gathering of technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, information designers, architects, translators, content strategists, instructional designers, usability and user-centered design practitioners, researchers, and students.

2015 Summit Playback is Now Available for All Full Registrants!

The 2015 STC Technical Communication Summit in Columbus, Ohio, provided attendees with valuable learning and networking opportunities. But you may not have been able to attend all the sessions you were interested in.

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As an added value to your Summit registration, STC is pleased to provide all full Summit registrants with complimentary access to recordings from the 2015 Summit through Summit Playback. Catch up on sessions you didn't have time to attend, review important information about new technologies and trends, and continue your professional development between STC events.

To take advantage of this valuable attendee benefit, visit the Summit Playback website and log in with your account details STC sent you in a recent email. The 2015 recordings will only be available until 31 March 2016, so make sure to log on and watch before then: