Upcoming Winter Open House

Happy New Year! As the snow swirls and we navigate 2021, please join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Tuesday, January 26 from 7-8:30 PM ET.

In this open house we’ll showcase our new STC-MGL logo, share the updated Active Membership Program, and talk about the remaining events in our program year.

This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn about our STC-MGL chapter, ask questions about technical communications, tell us about yourself, share ideas for events, and make some new connections.

When

Tuesday, January 26

7-8:30 PM ET

Where

Zoom

Register now!

Please register by the end of the day, Monday, January 25. The confirmation email from Eventbrite will include the Zoom link.

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: January 14

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  Thursday, January 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: January 14”

Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer

On September 30, Brigid Daull Brockway presented a webinar demonstrating tech comm concepts through the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. Brigid has a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction), and 15 years of experience as a technical writer.
Although most know Chaucer for writing The Canterbury Tales, he also authored the first English technical document. Written in the 1390s, A Treatise on the Astrolabe skillfully explains how to use an astrolabe by adhering to modern tech comm principles. By examining Chaucer’s success, we can establish five rules to inform and improve our own technical communication. Continue reading “Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer”

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: December 16

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  Wednesday, December 16, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: December 16”

Upcoming Virtual Book Club – Thursday, December 10

The STC-MGL fall virtual book club is just around the corner!

Join us on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. for our discussion on Writing is Designing by Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle. During this event, we’ll talk about the major concepts in the book, discuss how the topics relate to or affect technical communication, and what the ideas covered in the book mean for the future of our profession. It is sure to be a stimulating conversation.

We hope you will join us! Register for the virtual book club here.

About the Event

Who

Current STC and STC-MGL members

When

Thursday, December 10, 2020
7-8:30 p.m.

Where

Zoom

Cost

Free!

About the Book

From the Goodreads summary:
Without words, apps would be an unusable jumble of shapes and icons, while voice interfaces and chatbots wouldn’t even exist. Words make software human-centered, and require just as much thought as the branding and code. This book will show you how to give your users clarity, test your words, and collaborate with your team. You’ll see that writing is designing.

Microcontent Program Recap

On November 10, 2020, Joyce Lam, the President of Society for Technical Communication for the Toronto chapter, delivered a virtual presentation describing the topic of microcontent, its significance, and how it relates to user experience. To put this discussion into perspective, she described how content evolved, beginning in 100,000 BCE when communication occurred mainly through spoken word, and then she explained how, over time, content expression advanced to the use of stone, parchment, presses, computers, and the World Wide Web. Today’s communication focuses more on integrating technology with the spoken and written word, which is disseminated through the Internet of Things. Organizations are also trying to figure out how technology can be used to help users work with information. Continue reading “Microcontent Program Recap”

Recap: Mastering Your Website 101

On Tuesday, October 20, I had the pleasure of attending STC’s webinar, Mastering Your Website 101, presented by Timothy Esposito. This webinar was for those looking to set up websites for the first time or those wanting to learn WordPress and cPanel basics. Mr. Esposito is self taught in HTML and earned a paid internship in 1996 as a webmaster. He has worked progressively in the field ever since, including as a webmaster for STC. Continue reading “Recap: Mastering Your Website 101”

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: November 12

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  November 12, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: November 12”

Upcoming Webinar: Microcontent – Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery

Join STC-Michigan Great Lakes and STC-Toronto on Tuesday, November 10, from 7–8:30 p.m. ET for the webinar Microcontent—Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery presented by Joyce Lam!

About the Webinar

The path to intelligent microcontent is the next step in our journey in structured authoring. AI-powered cognitive content solutions perform best with content designed to be read by humans and processed by intelligent technologies. To deliver the right answer to prospects and customers, you need to optimize your content production approaches and begin crafting content with the precision humans appreciate and technology requires. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar: Microcontent – Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery”

Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101

Join STC-MGL on Tuesday, October 20 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT for the webinar Mastering Your Website 101 presented by Timothy Esposito!

Have you ever wanted to create your own website but feel too intimidated to start? Don’t know the difference between your HTTPs and your PHPs? Want to learn some tricks and tips for streamlining your web presence with social media? Then this is the webinar for you. During this event, we’ll go over the basics of creating and running a website using WordPress and cPanel, along with some additional tools designed to make your webmastering easier. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101”