Law and Order: STC WDC

National Museum of Crime and Punishment logo

Come out to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment to network with fellow technical communicators, learn some tips about ghostwriting, and peek inside DC's newest museum and headquarters for FOX TV's hit series, America's Most Wanted. To register, see Law and Order: STC WDC on Eventbrite.


5PM: Tour the museum

6PM: Eat and socialize in John Walsh’s television studio

7PM: Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D., presents “Haunted Manuscripts: Current Issues in Ghostwriting”


Dr. Lili Fox Vélez’s presentation is entitled "Haunted Manuscripts: Current Issues in Ghostwriting."

Lili Fox Velez, Ph.D., event speaker
Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D., event speaker

Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D. (B.A., Arcadia University; M.A. and Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) currently teaches medical communications, rhetoric, ethics, and environmental science writing at Towson University in Maryland. She has worked in industry and academia and founded the MS program in Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Whether she has ever been a ‘ghost’ is one of the questions she will discuss in her presentation.

Full-Time Students: Win an $800 Scholarship!


If you are a full-time student in high school or an accredited college or university, we encourage you to submit your best work to the STC Washington, DC Chapter
Technical Publications and Online Communication competitions. In each competition,
the student who submits the best student entry will receive an $800 scholarship. (If the entry has multiple contributors, the $800 scholarship will be divided among them.)

For your $45 student entry fee, you will receive:

  • Expert written feedback on your work by professional judges
  • Opportunity to earn Merit, Excellence, or Distinguished awards from
    the STC WDC Chapter
  • Up to $800 in scholarship funds!

Enter today for your chance to win!

* Note: All student entries must adhere to the Competition Entry Rules.

The scholarships are intended to further the education of individuals who may, upon graduation, make contributions to the technical communication profession in Maryland, DC, or Virginia. For more information about our scholarships, see

The Joy of Entering the 2009-2010 Competitions

Enter Before November 13!


In the fall, STC chapters hold local competitions. As the 2009-2010 Competitions Manager of the Washington DC chapter, I am continuing the tradition of presenting some of the reasons that you might enjoy entering the competitions.

Would you like to be an award-winning technical communicator? For those of you who haven’t entered before, let me explain the basics. Washington area experts gather to evaluate the entries in the Technical Publications and Online Communication Competitions. Our competitions receive entries from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as from other states and from other countries. The judges provide written feedback on the strengths of each entry and make recommendations that you can apply in future endeavors.

Some of the joys of entering are the pride you have in putting forth your best work, the validation you feel by being measured against the highest standards in our profession, and the opportunity to receive a knowledgeable and thoughtful critique of your entry. As an entrant, you are proud of your accomplishments. You and the judges realize that the final entry represents months of planning, writing, editing, and publishing. Submitting a publication or online entry is a great way to keep growing in a fast-paced industry. Having your decisions and standards recognized by industry experts is real insider validation!

As an entrant, you’ll be invited to the Awards Celebration, where you will be able to see what others in our field are producing. The Awards Celebration is also the place to network with the technical communication community.

Now is the time to submit your best work to the scrutiny of your fellow professionals. Consider what you want to enter and to get it prepared. Competition rules and entry forms are at Good luck!

Melissa Brown
2009-2010 Competitions Committee Manager