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

Announcements

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

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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
This podcast is also offered via the following outlets:

Anchor
Spotify
iTunes

Please subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. If you are an active, or a retired technical communicator that would like to be featured on the podcast, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss.

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

Online Resources

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Networking and Volunteering

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering to network, share your talents, and lend your support.

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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President’s Message from STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter – October Update!

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Greetings STC WDCB Family,

As we face the permeating health, social, and political climate in various aspects of our lives, and juggle priorities and commitments, I would like to express gratitude for your willingness to make time to reconnect with our community. Through a solid lineup of virtual opportunities to sharpen your skills and network, my hope is that the chapter’s efforts contribute to reaffirming the notion that we are stronger together. In the words of Helen Keller, “although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Announcements

Thank you to those that were able to attend our 2020-2021 New Chapter Year Kickoff Celebration last month. We had a fabulous time recognizing award recipients, discussing upcoming events, and networking. Please check out the presentation highlighting the awardees designed by Carolyn Klinger if you missed it, and thank you again to the STC WDCB Chapter Administrative Council for dedicating your positive energy in support of our programs and community engagement efforts. Hugs!

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

The MasterClass in TechComm is off to an incredible start with Dr. Ginny Redish’s feature on UX Writing setting the tone for an excellent series. There were 184 registrations and over 115 in attendance during an evening that went overtime because of the enthusiasm from guests that had questions and comments for Dr. Ginny. Thank you to those that joined us for an enlightening evening. Please sign up for our October feature:

October 2020

Dr. Ugur AkinciSelf Publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for TechComm Pros

Ugur will teach the tricks and tips for how to leverage on-demand self-publishing via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Attendees will have the opportunity to publish their first book on the KDP platform in real-time.
Webinar: Thursday October 29, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

November 2020

Ms. Shawneda CroutIntegrate Social Media into Your TechComm

Technical communicators with the ability to adopt social media into the creation, and review phase of content planning, find it to be an invaluable resource in their TechComm projects. Shawneda will advise on how to use social media and social search platforms to provide opportunities to illuminate customer pain points, provide customer preferences, and receive real-time feedback to benefit work processes.
Webinar: Thursday November 12, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

December 2020

Dr. Liz HermanIdentity Disruption and the Technical Communicator
It’s an amazing time to be a technical communicator. Our talents, skills, and smarts are needed. The way we have identified ourselves for the past several decades is changing. We need to prepare for an identity disruption. Join Liz as she shares insights and data about this seismic change.
Webinar: Thursday December 3, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. The webinar link will be emailed by noon on the date of the event. Please also subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. Stay tuned for further details!

STC Alliance Competition

The STC Alliance Competition team is in the planning phase and will release updates on how to enter the competition and volunteer as a judge via their notification subscription list. Please subscribe for details.

TechComm Roadshow
Winners from the STC Alliance Competition will discuss their award winning submissions and the benefits of entering the competition. The roadshow is scheduled for November 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. ET. Invitations will be emailed to those that subscribe for details.

Online Resources

Our chapter website offers job listings, a LinkedIn Group, and much more. View chapter updates in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Networking and Volunteering

Our First Friday Lunches were a successful networking event that we’ve decided to put on hold in support of current social distancing measures. However, what may be perceived as a setback can also be harnessed as a great opportunity; Let’s dive deep together in support of our speakers in The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, and tap into a free subscription to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast.

**Please consider the current chapter volunteer openings to review opportunities to get involved.

Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails

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Renew Your STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue to serve you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter. We welcome your suggestions for how we can continue to bring you meaningful professional development events, and networking opportunities.

Thank you for your time and membership. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to share your comments, or for assistance.

Sincerely,

Tavia Record
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C.-Baltimore Chapter
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President’s Message from STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter – New Chapter Year Update!

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Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Thank you very much for tuning into STC WDCB’s 2020-2021 New Chapter Year Update. The world as we know it has changed dramatically in light of COVID-19; I wish you the best of health, and special condolences to those that have been touched by the Pandemic in ways that have caused the illness, or loss of loved ones. My goal is for the STC WDCB virtual community to provide a wealth of uplifting resources, and a sense of community that positively contributes to your efforts to maintain mental wellness, peace, and a balanced sense of new-normalcy. I encourage you to lean into our community and take advantage of our offerings, which will be covered during our New Chapter Year Kickoff Celebration on Friday September 25, 2020 @ 6:30-7:30 PM ET via the GoToMeeting Platform. We will commemorate another successful year with the 2020-2021 STC WDCB Administrative Council, acknowledge award recipients, and discuss upcoming events while networking. Please sign up for your free ticket and invite your colleagues and friends.

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

The All-Stars in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series that I created to support the professional development edification of our community, has been re-branded as The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series. It will continue to feature 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 to provide mentorship. If you ask an Olympic champion that has a record of longevity in their specialty about how they’ve continued to manifest successful results, they will express the sentiment that leaders (Olympians are world leaders in their specialty) are tried, and tested individuals that defy stagnation by finding ways to stay sharp… let’s stay sharp together! The Fall 2020 lineup of speakers includes the following:

September 2020

Dr. Ginny RedishUX Writing: A New Role for Technical Communicators?

With lots of examples of successful and unsuccessful user experience (UX) writing, Ginny will show you that UX work is not new for technical communicators, and may be the challenge that you need for your next career move.
Webinar: Wednesday September 30, 2020 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

October 2020

Dr. Ugur AkinciSelf Publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for TechComm Pros

Ugur will teach all the tricks and tips for how to leverage on-demand self-publishing via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Attendees will have the opportunity to publish their first book on the KDP platform in real-time.
Webinar: Thursday October 29, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

November 2020

Ms. Shawneda CroutIntegrate Social Media into Your TechComm

Technical communicators with the ability to adopt social media into the creation, and review phase of content planning, find it to be an invaluable resource in their TechComm projects. Shawneda will advise on how to use social media and social search platforms to provide opportunities to illuminate customer pain points, provide customer preferences, and receive real-time feedback to benefit work processes.
Webinar: Thursday November 12, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

December 2020

Dr. Liz HermanIdentity Disruption and the Technical Communicator
It’s an amazing time to be a technical communicator. Our talents, skills, and smarts are needed. The way we have identified ourselves for the past several decades is changing. We need to prepare for an identity disruption. Join Liz as she shares insights and data about this seismic change.
Webinar: Thursday December 3, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. The webinar link will be emailed by noon on the date of the event. Be sure to also subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. Stay tuned for further details!

STC Alliance Competition

STC WDCB joined forces with the STC Alliance Competition this past term. Thank you to those that entered the competition, and/or volunteered to be a TechComm judge.

Award Information

Entrants received comments on their work from designated judges in the TechComm industry. Winners from our chapter will be recognized at the New Chapter Year Kickoff Celebration and are encouraged to sign up to attend! Check out the STC Alliance 2019-2020 Competition Winners list.

How to Enter the STC Alliance 2020-2021 Competition

Check out STC Alliance 2020-2021 Competition Entry submission Guidelines. The 2020-2021 competition is still in planning stages so check back for updates from time to time.

STC Summit 2021

STC’s TechComm Summit is the organization’s annual conference. The Summit attracts over 650 like-minded industry professionals that come together to continue growing in the TechComm field via workshops, panels, and other career enhancing opportunities. Due to the Pandemic, the 2020 conference was held virtually, however, the 2021 conference is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on June 6-9, 2021 at this time. For details, check out the STC 2021 Summit .

STC WDCB Networking and Volunteering

Our First Friday Lunches were a successful networking event that we’ve decided to put on hold in support of current social distancing measures. However, what may be perceived as a setback can also be harnessed as a great opportunity; Let’s dive deep together in support of our speakers in The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, and tap into a free subscription to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast.

**Please consider the current chapter volunteer openings to review opportunities to get involved.

Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails

1. Go to STC WDCB Events
2. In the sidebar, scroll down to enter your email address in the Subscribe to New Posts by Email Panel

Online Resources

Our chapter website offers job listings, a LinkedIn Group, and much more. View chapter updates in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Renew Your STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue to serve you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter. We welcome your suggestions for how we can continue to bring you meaningful professional development events, and networking opportunities, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for your time and membership. Please let me know how I can be of any further assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Tavia Record
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C.-Baltimore Chapter
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