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Competition Awards Celebration and Networking Night

18 Apr 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Celebrate with us as we complete the 2017-18 STC WDCB Technical Communication Competition with a meal, an awards ceremony, and plenty of time to get to know other local technical communication professionals. The award-winning entries will be on display so that you can see some of the best work in our profession and read snippets of what our judges had to say. All winners will be invited to share the secrets to their success when they receive their awards. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and make new friends.

Awards Dinner Presentation

STC WDCB welcomes Wendy Wagner-Smith as the presenter at the 2018 awards celebration. Plain language is just another way to say clear writing. Come learn why technical communicators are on the forefront of this global movement. Our speaker, Wendy Wagner-Smith, makes a persuasive argument that we are all plain language warriors!

Speaker Bio
Wendy Wagner-Smith
Wendy Wagner-Smith is the training coordinator for the federal Plain Language Action and Information Network and a senior plain language instructor. She coordinates a corps of 20 volunteer trainers who travel from agency to agency by request teaching basic plain language concepts and techniques to federal employees. Wendy has taught plain language in more than 50 agencies and federal offices in her 10 years as a trainer, and she has taught thousands of federal employees and government communications professionals the difference between plain language and government speak.

Wendy has been a guest speaker and trainer both nationally and internationally for organizations such as the National Association of Government Communicators and the Society for Technical Communications. Her dynamic and interactive talks will challenge your beliefs about “proper” writing and why plain language is about more than just writing short sentences.

Wendy began her career in newspaper journalism, spending more than 15 years as a reporter and writing coach. She progressed into book publishing and from there to the federal government, where is she is currently a senior writer-editor for the Office of Financial Research in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Wendy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and she has done post-graduate coursework at Harvard University Extension School and Virginia Commonwealth University. A Virginia native, she currently lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband and teen-aged daughter.



  • Crostini with Sweet Red Peppers
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Mozzarella Caprese Bites

Entrée Choices

  • Gnocchi
  • Salmon Filet
  • Meat Lasagne

Dessert Table

  • Tiramisu
  • Italian Layered Cake
  • Black Forest Cake

Meals also include:

  • House Salad
  • Bread
  • Soft Drinks and Iced Tea
  • Coffee and Hot Tea

Cash Bar

Metro Proximity

The restaurant is 0.3 miles, a 7-minute walk, from the Bethesda Metro station on the Red line. When you get to the top of the escalator, head north on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left onto Old Georgetown Road. Make your third right onto Fairmont Avenue. The restaurant is on the right.

Parking Tips

Besides street parking, the best garage is the one in the Fairmont Building right across the street from the restaurant at 4975 Fairmont Aveneu. It is $5 for the night when you enter after 5 p.m. and it closes at 11 p.m.

The Woodmont Corner Garage is at 7739 Woodmont Avenue and is directly behind Positano, with entrances on Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue. However, this could be a complicated walk due to construction nearby. The cost is $0.80 per hour until 10 p.m. From the Woodmont Corner garage, walk out to Old Georgetown Road and turn right when you get to the sidewalk. Turn right onto Fairmont Ave and Positano is on the right.

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18 Apr 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Positano Ristorante
4948 Fairmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814 US
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Viqui Dill is the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter's social media manager. Viqui describes herself as "Technical writer, wife and mom, bass player, worship leader, I'm happiest when folks sing along with me."

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