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.

On the Move for August

Head’s Up:  we will not be located at the Salesforce Rincon meeting room for the August 19, 2015 meeting. Please stay tuned for additional location information.
We hope you can attend, because we are planning an end of summer pizza celebration for the August meeting, in addition to another great speaker.

Haven’t Renewed for the STC? Get a Free Chapter Membership!

Members who join or renew before June 1, 2015, will receive a free 2015 membership in the referring Chapter or SIG.

Important: Don’t sign up or pay for the Chapter or SIG; instead, include the San Francisco Chapter as a referral on the online application. The referral fields can be found under the Membership tab of the online application. STC will be responsible for signing the member up for that particular Chapter or SIG free of charge. The San Francisco Chapter must be listed online to receive credit.

Free Webinar on February 25: Joe Welinske on Techniques for Mobile User Assistance

The STC San Francisco Chapter is hosting a free, live webinar featuring Joe Welinske on Techniques for Mobile User Assistance on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 7:00 PM PT.

Email by Monday, February 23 to save your spot!

About the Presentation

Smartphones have sparked a huge, new software segment – the mobile app. This creates an important pair of questions for user assistance professionals: What is our role going forward in mobile and how can we prepare to take that on? User Assistance does have a role in supporting mobile apps. As the mobile app market continues to soar, this is becoming the next frontier for user assistance professionals. This session provides an overview of current issues regarding design, writing, tools, and planning of your mobile UA.

You Will Learn

  • About contemporary design for user assistance in mobile apps.
  • Why traditional desktop UA translates poorly to the small screen.
  • What techniques are particularly useful to employ.

About the Presenter

Joe Welinske specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. The UX of a robust product is also enhanced through comprehensive user assistance. This includes Help, wizards, FAQs, videos and much more. For over twenty-five years, Joe has been providing training, contracting, and consulting services for the software industry. recently published the book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He also teaches courses for Bellevue College, the University of California, and the University of Washington. Check out the Events page for upcoming classes and industry presentations.

About User Assistance Boot Camp, Seattle – April 15-17

We’re going to hit an aggressive agenda at WritersUA West with two separate sequences of UA-specific learning – for newbies and pros. “UA Boot Camp” features certificates in Basic Training and Grad School. Over thirty sessions covering all aspects of software user assistance. Registration is just $695. Read the conference details.

Important Webinar Information

  • Space is limited to 25 people
  • Please register by Monday, February 25
  • Email your name and email to to register. The presenter will send you an email with the connection information.
  • The webinar will be presented using GoToMeeting
  • The webinar will be streamed live and will not be recorded
  • The presentation is scheduled for 45 minutes and there will be time for questions at the end

January 24, 2015: TC Camp

TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

Visit the TC Camp website for full details on the location, agenda, ticket price, and attendees.

Date: Saturday, 24 January 2015
Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Hospitality Management building, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.
WiFi will be available, you can twitter, live blog!
Register on TicketLeap: choose a workshop or just attend the afternoon unconference

  • Workshop + Unconference + Lunch — $39
  • Workshop + Unconference — $35
  • Unconference + Lunch — $4
  • Unconference Only — Free