Plan Ahead for Summit 2017 on 7-10 May 2017

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The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is proud to be hosting the STC technical communication conference, Summit 2017. Now's the time to start making your plans to attend on 7-10 May. The Summit will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in picturesque National Harbor, MD, just minutes away from downtown Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia.

River view photo of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

The Summit will combine world class technical communication education with a variety of networking events, making it the can't-miss conference for technical communicators. The 2017 Summit will focus on the theme "Gain the Edge to Get Results" and will help attendees achieve their personal best within the technical communication field.

Early-Bird Registration Begins 1 December

Registration and hotel rates for the conference are posted on the official summit website. Registration will open on 1 December with the super low early bird rate of only $895 for STC members. Registration includes access to all education sessions; the Opening and Closing Keynotes; Welcome Reception; Honors Reception; continental breakfast Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings; as well as morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.

2017 Summit Registration Rates

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Summit 2017 Registration Rates

Plan to Include the Washington, DC – Baltimore Sites

There are many interesting things to do and see here. We have a collection of images and information for you to browse on our Pinterest board "Things To Do in DC & Baltimore Metropolitan Areas" at

Need Help Convincing Your Boss?

If you need help convincing your boss, STC has created a sample letter you can use to make your case.  Updated Not sure the Summit is right for you? Take a peek at this highlight video from the 2016 Summit to give you a feel of what's in store when attending the Summit.

STC looks forward to seeing you at the 2017 Summit! For questions, please email

Updates to Our Guide to the Annual Conference

Night shot of Gaylord Hotel and the Capital Wheel in all blue color at National Harbor, MD
Night View of the National Harbor and a Blue Capital Wheel.
Photo credit: Paul Nelson.

If you are planning to attend Summit 2017 and have already made your plans, great. If you are still thinking about it, check out our Guide to the Annual Conference. Three articles written by chapter members Ugur Akinci and Cynthia Lockley are now included in the page.

We Love Living Here: We Think You'll Like Visiting

Chapter and local STC members provide their insights for visiting this area for articles in the Intercom and on thia site.

We know you'’ll love attending Summit 2017 and visiting the many attractions around National Harbor and in DC. For more tips about what the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas have to offer, checkout out Pinterest Board, "Things To Do in DC & Baltimore Metropolitan Areas",

WDCB 2016 Technical Communication Competition Deadline is in Four Weeks!

You still have time. There are four weeks left to enter the WDCB 2016 Technical Communication Competition. The entry deadline is 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, 28 October 2016. For information, rules, and entry forms, go to

Anyone is eligible to submit entries. You can be a student or a professional. You may enter work as an individual or on behalf of a colleague or member of your department. You do not have to be a member of STC.

As an extra incentive, the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is hosting the 2017 Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. Distinguished winners of the STC International Summit Awards (ISA) will be on display in the exhibit hall. Here's the chance for ISA winners from the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas to show your friends and family what great work you do. Bring your whole team to the conference or bring them for a day of roaming the exhibit hall to share the honors of winning an STC ISA award of Distinguished Technical Communication.

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Please consider entering your work.