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.
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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”

October Program to Discuss Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication

Do you consider email, video conferencing, social media, texting, and webinars “online,” “computer-mediated,” or “remote” communication? Do you think of it as faceless, inefficient, and unsettling, or contrariwise, very practical, or does it depend on who is at the other end of the communication? How do you deal with the problems? Is it just you who has trouble? [Hint: No, it is not!]

Please join STC-SM at Lawrence Tech on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, for a panel discussion about face-to-face and remote communication, the pros and cons, and best practices for various scenarios. Please register by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Our panelists will include

  • Maryann Bowen, STC Associate Fellow and Senior Manager of Education and User Experience at Saphran, Inc.,
  • Steven D. Krause, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Eastern Michigan University
  • Rich Leazer, Manager, Documentation and Publishing Health Information Technology & Services, at University of Michigan, and
  • Catherine Vera-Burgos, a graduate student at Wayne State University, and Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Dr. Corinne Stavish, Director of the Technical and Professional Communication Program at our sponsor, Lawrence Tech, will moderate the discussion.

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!

A Letter From the President

Greetings!
I hope you enjoyed your summer adventures and activities, but also took some time to unwind and recharge as well. As the warm weather and long days draw to a close, we are hard at work planning some exciting activities and events that we hope will keep you engaged and connected to the techcomm community while continuing to learn, grow, and develop your skills all year long. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!”