28 Apr: Practical Sketching for Technical Communicators

Practical Sketching, using basic shapes and lines to convey a word or idea, is scientifically proven to help your memory and attention, and it can also help you nurture your creativity and bring fresh ideas to your writing. We’ll explore using this method as part of a process that begins with reading, helps you develop your ideas and think through problems, and ends with a well-thought-out draft.

Speaker Profile

Elizabeth Alley

Elizabeth Alley is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) with 11+ years of experience in technical communication, preceded by 11+ years in nonprofit public art project management. She advocates for the user, providing clear and concise information to help readers do their jobs or understand a product or process. As an artist, she focuses on sketching, painting, teaching art to adults, and advocating for the use of sketching in everyday life as a tool to improve memory and observation skills. She has organized, curated, produced, and participated in over 30 solo and group shows since 1999.

Cost and Registration

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

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A joint Santa Barbara STC and
Los Angeles STC event

17 Feb: How to Write Contracts and Statements of Work

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If you are an independent contractor or a freelance technical writer, you are being paid for your services by either an hourly rate (for however long they need you) or a fixed amount of money (to produce a specific deliverable).

Companies often ask you to sign their contracting agreements. Do you ever ask them to sign yours?

While I am not an attorney and am not qualified to give legal advice, I’m happy to share some lessons I’ve learned about what to contracts, and why.

This webinar covers:

  • The difference between a contract, a letter of agreement, and other contracting terms
  • How to document what you are going to do
  • How to document what you are NOT going to do
  • How to manage change requests (aka “mission creep”)
  • How to set payment terms that favor you
  • Other hard-won lessons learned from over 20 years of buying and selling corporate services

Speaker Profile

Jack Molisani

Jack Molisani is the president of ProSpring Technical Staffing, an employment agency specializing in content professionals: http://ProspringStaffing.com

He’s the author of Be The Captain of Your Career: A New Approach to Career Planning and Advancement, which hit #5 on Amazon’s Career and Resume Best Seller list.

Jack also produces the LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and Technical Communication Management, to be held in (hopefully!) in October in Austin, TX and online: https://lavacon.org

Jack will raffle off a free copy of his book and a free virtual entrance to LavaCon at the end of the meeting!

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • Technical Editing SIG members: $0
  • Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

Register for the Webinar:
Missed this event? You can register for the recorded version! Clicking the following button lets you register through Eventbrite for the recorded verison without leaving this site.

Joint TE SIG, SBSTC, and LASTC logo

A joint STC Technical Editing SIG,
Santa Barbara STC, and
Los Angeles STC event

Feb 10: Feedback Finesse — The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Missed this event? You can register for the recorded version!

If you are an independent contractor or a freelance technical writer, you are being paid for your services by either an hourly rate (for however long they need you) or a fixed amount of money (to produce a specific deliverable).

Companies often ask you to sign their contracting agreements. Do you ever ask them to sign yours?

While I am not an attorney and am not qualified to give legal advice, I’m happy to share some lessons I’ve learned about what to contracts, and why.

This webinar covers:

  • The difference between a contract, a letter of agreement, and other contracting terms
  • How to document what you are going to do
  • How to document what you are NOT going to do
  • How to manage change requests (aka “mission creep”)
  • How to set payment terms that favor you
  • Other hard-won lessons learned from over 20 years of buying and selling corporate services

Technical communicators serve as a cornerstone in the flow of feedback through organizations that goes well beyond editorial feedback on different content types. In this webinar, speaker Liz Herman will show you how to add some finesse to the way you give and receive feedback in your organization. Learn new ways to deliver meaningful feedback. Understand how to thoughtfully respond to feedback. Leave with some artful ways to approach the flow of feedback and some specific resources for additional learning.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Liz Herman Dr. Liz Herman is an STC Associate Fellow and was recently elected to the STC Nominating Committee. She writes, speaks, and teaches on technical communication, project management, and knowledge management topics.

Cost and Registration

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • TE SIG members: $0
  • Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

Register for the Webinar:
Missed this event? You can register for the recorded version! Clicking the following button lets you register through Eventbrite for the recorded verison without leaving this site.

Joint TE SIG, SBSTC, and LASTC logo

A joint STC Technical Editing SIG,
Santa Barbara STC, and
Los Angeles STC event

Dec 30: To Be More Efficient and Consistent, Build a Better Checklist

Missed this event? You can register for the recorded version!

If you are an independent contractor or a freelance technical writer, you are being paid for your services by either an hourly rate (for however long they need you) or a fixed amount of money (to produce a specific deliverable).

Companies often ask you to sign their contracting agreements. Do you ever ask them to sign yours?

While I am not an attorney and am not qualified to give legal advice, I’m happy to share some lessons I’ve learned about what to contracts, and why.

This webinar covers:

  • The difference between a contract, a letter of agreement, and other contracting terms
  • How to document what you are going to do
  • How to document what you are NOT going to do
  • How to manage change requests (aka “mission creep”)
  • How to set payment terms that favor you
  • Other hard-won lessons learned from over 20 years of buying and selling corporate services

Anyone writing, editing, or managing any type of communication for a living is feeling the crunch. There is less time to create and edit; more types and formats of content; more apps, software, and systems to learn. And we expect quality, accuracy, and consistency from ourselves because we take pride in our work. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to address a multitude of modern dilemmas with a relatively old-school hack: a checklist.

Come to this webinar to learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help you differentiate workflows, systems, and activities; spell out style and formatting details, track your progress, document metrics, and give you a sense of completion and peace of mind.

Speaker Profile

Kelly Schrank

Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

Cost and Registration

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • Technical Editing SIG members: $0
  • Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

Register for the Webinar:
Missed this event? You can register for the recorded version! Clicking the following button lets you register through Eventbrite for the recorded verison without leaving this site.

Joint TE SIG, SBSTC, and LASTC logo

A joint STC Technical Editing SIG,
Santa Barbara STC, and
Los Angeles STC event

4 June 2014: Schmoozing Lunch

Join us for our monthly schmoozing lunch, where we check in with each other at an informal gathering. And bring whatever burning tech comm issue you want to discuss!

Date: June 4, 2014Time: 12-1 pm PT
NEW Location: Java Station
Cost: Everyone pays their own way
RSVP: by Tuesday, June 3 (or just drop by).
NOTE: SBSTC’s very own Joan Vignocchi will lead the June event. Come by and keep her company!