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Writers UA West Conference 2015 in Seattle

13th March 2015 Posted in Blog, Events, User Assistance 0 Comments


Event: Writers UA West User Assistance Boot Camp
When: Wednesday, April 15 thru Friday, April 17
Location: Seattle, WA

The WritersUA Boot Camp includes both Basic Training sessions for tech comm and UA newbies and Grad School sessions for experienced UA professionals. Certificates are awarded for each track.

The conference registration fee includes a networking lunch Thursday and Friday as well as slides and any supplemental materials, and wi-fi freely available throughout the conference area.

Conference Links
Conference Agenda
Hotel & Travel Info

Helpful related post:
How to Justify Conference Attendance

Tech Comm (TC) Camp 2015 This Month

2nd January 2015 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

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TC Camp 2015 will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA.

TC Camp refers to itself as the “unconference” where technical communications professionals ask questions and discuss issues, challenges and applications of concern to them. It’s driven by members of that community in the Bay Area and those who support them.

The program is scheduled to run from 8:30AM until 6:00PM with registration beginning at 8:00AM. Hands-on workshops are conducted in the morning after a general session. This year’s workshops will include:

  1. Adobe workshop
  2. Mobile workshop
  3. API workshop
  4. Doc portal workshop

Three one-hour sessions are held in the afternoon followed by a Summary session. The conference’s afternoon agenda is created on the day of the event by the attendees who nominate and vote on topics during the general session first thing in the morning. One attendee must agree to be the facilitator and one the note taker (scribe).

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How TC Camp Works
Venue Information

2015 TC Conferences Around the World All on One Map

31st December 2014 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments


We previously told you about the awesome Google Maps project Sara Maddox over at the FFeathers blog had set up for Tech Comm on a Map.

Sarah now reports that she has updated the map to show all of the 2015 technical communication conferences that she’s found so far. You can just go to the map, de-select everything except Conferences 2015 and you can see the conference locations for the upcoming year. Hovering over a location gives you details on that conference.

Pretty nifty stuff, we’d have to say. If you have a conference you know about that’s not already on the map, Sarah has all the info needed on the project information page on how you can add it.

What technical communications conference are you planning to attend in 2015? What do you think of the Tech Comm on a Map project? Please leave a comment.

Related topic:How to Justify Conference Attendance

WritersUA Central 2015 Coming Up

6th November 2014 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

Austin, TX Site of WritersUA Central 2015

The WritersUA Central Conference takes place January 6-7, 2015 in Austin, TX. If you’re planning to attend, early bird pricing ends November 8th, so you need to act fast.

The program is organized into two tracks:

  1. Content & design
  2. Tools & technologies

Some highlights on the agenda:

  • Who Are We? A Mirror for UA Professionals
  • Practical HTML5/CSS3 for Real Writers
  • Improving Online Help through User Feedback
  • The Language of Touch: for the Desktop & Mobile UA
  • MadCap Flare: Designing Content for Online and Print
  • Challenges & Solutions for UA Localization
  • Embedded Help: Nuts and Bolts

Just to name a few. So far, a total of 13 sessions are planned over the two-day event.

Useful Links
Conference Agenda Overview
Travel and Accommodations
How to Justify Conference Attendance

Convincing the Boss to OK Going to a Conference

15th August 2014 Posted in Blog, Career Development, Events 0 Comments


With summer winding down and the conference season starting to rear its head once again, like the WritersUA East 2014 conference coming up in Ocotober we told you about earlier this week, it’s time to dust off a great, timeless article by Mike Doyle with tips on justifying conference attendance.

The professional and personal networking opportunities (not to mention learning, of course) provided by such conferences can be invaluable. But with competing budget priorities, how can you approach the boss and get approval for yourself or your group to go?

Mike Doyle provides just what you need to give yourself a fighting chance in How To Justify Conference Attendance.

Read the article and then leave a comment here. What other arguments have you made to justify the expense of going to a conference? What benefits have you experienced personally from going to conferences?

WritersUA East 2014 Coming Up

14th August 2014 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

charlestonsc1425808_35426740-230x153This year’s WritersUA East Conference takes place October 28-29 in Charleston, SC.

This year’s program topics include:

  • Responsive Design
  • Mobile UA
  • DITA
  • Agile
  • eLearning
  • Strategies for Authoring Tools
  • Emerging Technologies

Just to name a few. A total of 24 sessions in two tracks are planned over the two-day event.

Early bird registration rates are available through September 15th.

Useful Links
Scheduled Speakers
Conference Agenda Overview
Travel and Accommodations
How to Justify Conference Attendance

STC 2014 Summit Approaches

14th March 2014 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

phoenix-stc-summit-2014=-230x149It’s that time of year again: time for the annual Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit. This year’s event will be held May 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona.

While this year’s program is still being finalized, it looks like it will be very robust, including topics ranging from Agile development to content strategy and engineering to accessibility and a whole lot more. Early bird registration is available now through the end of March. The Keynote speaker will be Jonathon Colman, content strategist at Facebook.

Writing Assistance, Inc. has been part of the STC Summit exhibition area for many years. We’ll provide more information as this year’s Summit approaches. We hope to see you there!

Useful Links
STC Summit 2014 Official Site
Preliminary Program Overview
Phoenix Hyatt Regency (Special Summit Rate Available)
How to Justify Conference Attendance

See Us in May at STC 2013 or ASTD 2013

1st May 2013 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

As in years past, Writing Assistance, Inc. (WAI) will be exhibiting at both the STC 2013 Summit in Atlanta and the ASTD International Conference and Exposition in Dallas in May.

Atlanta - Site of STC 2013

STC 2013

STC 2013, Celebrating STC’s 60th Anniversary, runs May 5th through 8th, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.

You can find us in the exhibition hall at booth 201. We’ll be there during the expo portion of the summit, which runs from May 5th through May 7th.

STC Summit 2013 Website

Dallas, TX, Site of ASTD 2013 Conference

ASTD 2013

We also welcome you to stop by and say hello at the ASTD International Conference and Exposition, which takes place at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, from May 19th-22nd, 2013.

The ASTD Expo takes place on the same days as the conference, and we’ll be there all four days, from the 19th through the 22nd. Visit us in booth 322.

ASTD Conference and Exposition Website

We hope to see you at one or both of these great events!

Justifying Conference Attendance

26th April 2013 Posted in Blog, Career Development, Events 0 Comments


With conference season in full swing, and especially with STC’s Technical Communications Summit ’13 coming up early next month in Atlanta, it seemed like a good time to offer some tips on justifying conference attendance.

In times of tight budgets it can be very challenging to get the boss to spring for you or others in your group to attend a professional conference. But the experience itself, the opportunity to chat with peers person-to-person, and the various learning benefits provided by a well-run conference can make it a worthwhile expense.

Mike Doyle provides timeless advice in his article, How To Justify Conference Attendance. Since it was first published, Mike’s article continues to be one of the most popular on our site.

Read the article and then leave a comment here. Can you provide additional insight on how to convince those who control the purse strings that conference attendance is vital to improving your skills or those of your group? How did you get the okay, and what were some of the objection you had to overcome?

Rough Drafts at a Technical Writing Conference? Why Not?

1st June 2012 Posted in Blog, Events 0 Comments

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Contrary to popular belief, technical writing conferences aren’t as boring as outsiders might think.  At the STC 2012 in Chicago, one thing attendees found out is that Rough Drafts certainly do have a place at this sort of technical writing conference: on stage.  Formed by two STC members, The Rough Drafts played at the technical conference on Monday May 21st.

In all seriousness, what about rough drafts and their value for technical writing?  Just like any writer, the key to being able to produce a strong final copy is to take the time to create many other subpar copies.  Over and over, the text can be written and rewritten through various iterations ensuring the targeted audience will get the documentation they truly need.


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