Swagger UI and the Open API Specification

Have you ever been interested in learning more about APIs and API documentation? It’s one of the fastest growing areas of technical communication, and it’s quickly becoming a common job requirement. APIs, or application programming interfaces, are sets of functions and methods that allow you to interface to a program or service running on another computer. APIs have become increasingly prevalent, and more technical writers are needed to document the core functionality of these APIs. Continue reading “Swagger UI and the Open API Specification”

Meet Our New Vice President, Katherine Baeckeroot

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Katherine Baeckeroot, Vice President

We are thrilled to welcome Katherine Baeckeroot to the STC-SM executive council as our newly appointed vice president. She will take the helm as chapter president in the summer of 2019. We look forward to Katherine’s contributions as we continue to work together on goals that will provide value for our chapter members and the professional community. So you can get to know her a bit better, Katherine was kind enough to answer a few question for us. Please join us in welcoming our new VP! Continue reading “Meet Our New Vice President, Katherine Baeckeroot”

Overcome Your Speaking Anxiety

Please join us on Thursday, February 15, for our program, Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety. Does the thought of public speaking make you break into a cold sweat? Do you panic when your supervisor calls on you unexpectedly during a meeting? Do you cringe when you’re asked to speak at a social gathering? You are not alone; most of us experience anxiety when speaking in front of others, but we don’t have to. Continue reading “Overcome Your Speaking Anxiety”

West Metro Detroit WordPress Launches

West Metro Detroit WordPress, a meetup, launched in Plymouth on January 9 at Grand Traverse Pie. Meetups are planned for the third Tuesday of each month and are open to everyone who uses WordPress, from business owners to bloggers, writers, tech communicators, photographers, designers, developers, digital strategists, etc.

The next meetup is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, at Grand Traverse Pie in Plymouth; event details will be posted soon.

Ignite UX Proposal Deadline Is Fast Approaching

This year Ignite UX will be on Tuesday, March 20, in downtown Ann Arbor. What is Ignite UX? Back-to back presentations, each consisting of 20 slides in five minutes on any UX topic. The slides will advance relentlessly. Will you keep up?

Submit your talk idea by January 24, 2018. You will need to propose a title and description, each no longer than a tweet—140 characters.

Annual Holiday Mixer in Ann Arbor

Please join us on December 12 at Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor to meet new people or catch up with old friends as we exchange stories, have a few laughs, and reflect on 2017!  There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.In previous years, longtime STC/SM members mingled with newer and prospective members and members of the UX and other sister communities to learn more about writing prospects in our area or just exchange stories over drinks and food. There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own drinks and food. Ask the host to be directed to our area if we have already moved from the bar to a table.

When: Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, 318 South Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan. There is a parking lot just behind the pub with an entrance on South Ashley St.

Let us know that you are coming so we can save you a seat.

STC-SM October Program Recap

Face-to-Face Versus Remote Communication

Format: Panel
Location: Lawrence Technological University (LTU)
Panelists:

  • Maryann Bowen—Senior Manager of Education and User Experience, Saphran, Inc.
  • Steven D. Krause—Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Eastern Michigan University
  • Rich Leazer—Documentation and Publishing Manager, Health Information Technology & Services, Michigan Medicine (formerly University of Michigan Health System)
  • Catherine Vera-Burgos—Manager of BCN Provider Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; graduate student at Wayne State University. For the purposes of this panel discussion, Catherine Vera-Burgos was asked to participate from the perspective of a graduate student rather than a manager.

Panel Moderator: Corinne Stavish—Director of the Technical and Professional Communication Program, LTU.
Continue reading “STC-SM October Program Recap”

November Program: Writing for Translation

STC-SM’s November 30 program will be about writing for translation: what is it that translators need from a source text in order to translate that information into a high-quality target text? Forefront Corporation’s founder, Elke Kramer, will present the information you need to be sure that your documentation is ready for translation. Continue reading “November Program: Writing for Translation”