Silicon Valley Technical Documentation Management Forum – Oct 9

On Oct 9, 2017, join the Silicon Valley Technical Documentation Management Forum for a roundtable discussion amongst technical documentation management about content delivery challenges in the age of chatbots, voice interfaces, and machine learning. Come prepared to learn what others are doing and to discuss approaches required to meet the content needs of both humans and machines.

Brought to you by The Content Wrangler and Content Rules.

Register now!

2017 Touchstone Deadlines Approaching

Touchstone is the Northern California Technical Communication Competition. It is a regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters. Proceeds from the competition benefit the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship, which supports technical communication students at local colleges.

Submitting an entry is a good way to obtain valuable reviews by your peers and recognition of your good work. Submit entries by October 7th, 2017. Winners are announced in January 2018.

Looking for another way to help out? Volunteering to judge puts you in touch with local technical communicators whom you might never meet otherwise, and it gives you access to some of the best work going on in our field.

Find out more on the Touchstone website.


Tech Writing Students Need Your Help

Every year, we partner with the Technical and Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University to help the students with their research papers. Each student needs to write a white paper on a technical writing trend. As part of this, they need to interview someone knowledgeable about the trend.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to talk to a student about one of these topics, please let us know at

  • Freemind mind mapping software
  • Lightweight DITA
  • Slack collaboration tool applications for grant writers
  • Content marketing analysis/automation tools
  • Use of video blogs for training
  • Motion in web design

March 8: Expose UX and General Assembly SF Conference About Gender Parity in Tech

Join Expose UX and General Assembly SF for a tech-focused celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. Observed worldwide, this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange: celebrate and declare bold actions taken to help progress gender parity in tech.

Network with other techies and share your bold actions, watch a special Expose UX episode featuring two female entrepreneurs, then learn from a panel discussion with local women tech leaders about their bold stories.


  • 6:00 Networking
  • 7:00 Welcome / Expose UX Screening
  • 7:45 #BeBoldForChange in Tech Discussion Panel
  • 8:30 More Networking (until local leaders decide to end)

About #BeBoldForChange in Tech Discussion Panel

Local women in tech explain that exact moment when they themselves took bold action to improve or develop an aspect of their own livelihood, career or business – or that of another woman’s, or women’s status overall. They’ll discuss what constitutes bold action, the conditions necessary to enable bold action, and what it’s consequences are.

About Expose UX Screening

Watch a special episode of Expose UX, the web show where user experience experts help startups improve their products. Filmed at the international Ladies that UX conference, Talk UX, two women-lead startups showcase their talents. One helps blind people perform tasks on inaccessible websites, the other is a tracking device to protect victims with restraining orders.

Judged on their UX Research, Interaction Design, and UX Strategies, the episode triumphs women entrepreneurship while teaching user experience concepts. Featured guest experts are Marti Gold, Managing UX Director of Tonic3; Amanda Stockwell, former VP of UX at 352; and Kelley Mitchell-Price, Global Creative Director for InterContinental Hotels Group.

Touchstone 2016-17: Call for Entries

Be Recognized for Your Technical Documentation! Northern California Technical Communication Competition Touchstone 2016-17 call for entries is now open.

About Touchstone

Touchstone advances the field of technical communication by recognizing outstanding work. Touchstone awards can bring recognition from professional peers and increased visibility with employers and clients. The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony in January, 2017.

Workplace awards presentations may be arranged for those who request them. Workplace presentations are often attended by entrants’ peers, managers, and company executives. Touchstone’s experienced judges also provide feedback to help entrants improve their work. Many entrants prize this feedback as a valuable benefit of having entered. Top award winners in the Touchstone competition are sent on to compete in the STC international technical communication competition.

Beyond the direct benefits you receive from entering the Touchstone competition, its existence and continued success help to educate clients and employers about the value of what technical communicators do. Competition proceeds support the STC Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. The Gordon Scholarship benefits the profession by providing scholarships to students in technical communication programs in Northern California.

Call for Entries

The 2016-17 Touchstone Technical Communication Competition is now accepting entries in the following categories:

  • Technical Print Publications and Documentation
  • Online Technical Communication
  • Technical Art

The deadline for entries is Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

More information and instructions on how to enter.

Berkeley Job Fair: September 14, 2016

The STC Berkeley Chapter is hosting a Job Fair on Sept. 14th, from 6-9PM at Ed Roberts Campus above Ashby BART Station.

Looking for a job? Want to mingle with some peers in the industry? Want to brush up your resume or portfolio? Want to chat with some recruiters? Want to hear the sage advice of industry professionals?


The STC Berkeley job fair is a great opportunity to meet fellow technical writers in the area on the hunt. Whether you’re hiring, looking for a job, or holding your ear to the ground, there’s a place for everyone at the STC Berkeley job fair!

It features a progression, in which small groups meet with industry experts to discuss topics about technical communication and job seeking.

We’ll also have resume counseling, lots of networking, and light refreshments.

Don’t forget to register!


Looking for an Intern?

Over the years, we’ve developed a partnership with the Technical & Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University.

Students from the TPW program are looking for internship opportunities. If your company (or even a nonprofit you’re working with) is looking for an intern, please reach out to so we can connect you with the program director.

The Most Important Election is Here

Time to vote for the San Francisco Chapter leaders! If you are a member of the San Francisco Chapter, you should be receiving an email from Vertical Response to vote.
Not a member of the San Francisco Chapter? What are you waiting for? Go over to to add a chapter membership. You choice provides our Chapter with funds to continue providing great meetings for the community.
This year, the following volunteers are running for elected positions:
■ Leah Scampoli for President
■ Marc Smirchich for Treasurer
Thanks for voting!

Price Reduction for Monthly Meeting Tickets

Starting in February, the meeting tickets will be lowered by $5 for each type:
■ $5 for student or “special” tickets (see website for details)
■ $10 for STC members (doesn’t need to be a San Francisco Chapter member)
■ $15 for non STC members
We’ve been very lucky to hold our meetings at the Salesforce office for no rental fee and we wanted to pass along the savings to our members.
Don’t worry, the half sandwiches and occasional cookies will still be at the meeting.

TC Camp 2016 is less than 2 short weeks away!

If you haven’t been to an unconference, you should know these aren’t like regular conferences. There are no juried presentations. No powerpoint. No waiting through the next session so you can attend the one you’re really interested in.

You know how it is at a regular conference, the best conversations happen in the hallways. Well, TC Camp is all hallway.

Session topics are chosen by you! They’re chosen by the attendees on the day of the event. Attendees vote on the session topics. Topics with enough votes get scheduled into the agenda. Because you vote on the session topics, you’re guaranteed to find sessions you’re interested in! This is one conference where everything is relevant to Y-O-U. And at the end of the day, in the summary session you can hear about what everyone else learned in all the other sessions.

Want to talk about Documenting APIs? Nominate this topic for a session! Want to talk about wrangling difficult SMEs? Nominate it! (Both of these were topics at previous TC Camps.)

Get all the information on the TC Camp Meetup site.