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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Networking and Volunteering

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STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership
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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STC Membership Renewals & Recruiting New Members

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Note: The STC website ( is currently down or very slow because it is being hit with frequent Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Why the STC website? Who knows—because it is there, we guess. If you are attempting to renew your membership or make an education purchase, STC will be happy to process those transactions for you over the phone. Please get in touch with STC membership at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by calling 703-522-4114. (Phone calls are best because sometimes mail to bounces as an unknown domain name during these DoS attacks.)

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Recruit a new member to STC and win!

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With STC’s 2015 membership season now open, Member Get a Member (MGAM) is in full swing. Every time you recruit a new member, you strengthen STC. That means greater recognition of technical communicators, improved educational and networking opportunities for members, and the advancement of the profession. Reach out and recruit new members and you will be entered in a drawing to win prizes such as a GoPro Camera, a Kindle Fire, and more. Ask your recruits to call 703-522-4114 and mention your name.

Renew Your Membership

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Still need to renew? Time is short, renew for 2015 with STC as a Classic member and save $30! Just apply discount code STC2015 on the payment page when you renew a Classic membership before 5 December.

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Deciding Whether or Not to Renew

[Links updated and lead-in text: 20Jul19]
[Thanks to Richard Mateosian of the Berkeley Chapter for allowing me to use much of his text below. 12/7/09: Updated membership details. CKK]

STC has announced its dues structure for 2010, and for many of us it amounts to a significant increase.

The questions we all have to ask ourselves are

  • Is STC worth the cost, given my situation and financial priorities?
  • If so, how do I make STC fit into my budget?
  • If not, how do I continue to take advantage of my STC network?

For me, the answer to the first question is yes, but you have to answer it for yourself. STC offers some points worth considering on STC's "Membership Levels and Benefits" page at They have added new membership benefits recently, so you might want to check them out.See the Membership Value Calculator for a breakdow of each benefit at

To help fit STC into your budget, STC has provided a Basic membership and a Gold membership. The basic membership includes online publications. Membership FAQ is at You can buy a chapter memberships for $25 a chapter and SIG memberships for $10 a SIG on top of the basic membership. The Gold membership includes many more. See the comparison of membership levels at Membership Benefits. STC provides a plan that enables you to pay for your membership in four monthly installments.

STC has also set money aside from one of their scholarship funds to help a limited but substantial number of underemployed members renew. They have not yet posted the details of these "recovery packages" on, so keep your eyes open for that.

If you don't rejoin, I'm afraid you'll have to pay a little extra to come to meetings, but you are still part of our community. You don't have to be a member to receive announcements about events or volunteer on a committee. We welcome your participation! A good network is especially important during hard times, so keep coming to our meetings.