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July Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Readers,

On behalf of the North Texas Lone Star Chapter, I would like to wish you all a belated Happy July 4th.

The chapter took a break from the monthly webinars as several of our members attended the STC Summit in June. STC is offering on-demand access to the webinars through August 31st. If you missed the live, virtual event, you can still catch up on the recorded sessions.

Although summer is quiet, we have a fantastic line-up of monthly webinars resuming in July. We hope to see you at one of our events.

As we enter the second half of the year, our focus shifts to setting up a plan for succession for the coming years. We are always looking for volunteers. If you are looking to volunteer, learn a new skill, or dip your toes in leadership, we would love to hear from you. I can be reached at president@stcdfw.org.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer.

 

Best,

Zohra Mutabanna

NTLSC President

VP's Corner

Hello from our First VP

 

One of the things I love most about technical writing is the ever-present goal of delivering meaningful and relevant content in the simplest manner possible. Though it can be a process. I'm a forest person...not in real life...I'd definitely die if left alone in the forest...,but when it comes to documentation, I can become so engrossed in the research and deconstruction of a particular feature or topic that my first drafts can filibuster me straight into the thick of the data forest. Which is not, incidentally, where the user wants to find himself/herself/themselves, is it?  Quite not. To reset myself toward a more minimalistic mindset, I think of being in a doctor's office where sometimes verbal explanations of medical issues surpass my college-level Biology imbuement and I have to say, "Talk to me like I'm five, Doc!" A bit exaggerated, perhaps, in terms of technical communication, but I still love the analogy. And I love the fact that part of my job is taking something apart and putting it back together in a way that gives the user tools to succeed.

Happy July and stay cool (literally)!

 

Faith

Upcoming Events

Thursday,
July 15
 
 
Thursday,
August 19

The Lowdown

See Our Sponsors!

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STC 2021 Summit Recap

Our field is ever expanding and growing as was apparent at the STC Summit. The tracks covered everything from content to tool and everything between. What better way to soak it all in and walk away with some great tips, strategies and best practices than attending the Summit.

I had several I wanted to attend live: some I managed to do, and the others I have bookmarked for on-demand.  I am personally so thrilled that I did not have to take time away from work while attending the Summit. I know we are all eager to get back to in-person events, but the virtual Summit has given us an opportunity to stay connected and continue to learn and grow in our profession. I had many favorites, but I really enjoyed Yoel Strimling's "So You Think You Know What Your Readers Want?" and "Git Doesn't Have to Be Hard" by Peter Conrad.

- Zohra Mutabanna

Volunteers

Do you have a talent for photography? Are you a people person?
Want to get involved, but don't have a lot of time?
If so, we need your help.
Below are the areas in which we have a need for volunteers.
Contact president@stcdfw.org if you are interested in helping.

 

Historian
Take pictures at events.
Videographer
Record chapter meetings.
Volunteer Coordinator
Help connect volunteers to their interests.
Short Volunteer Projects
Help with brief or one-time projects.

Want to Get Your Degree or Certificate?

Consider a degree or certificate in Technical Communication. DFW has several local universities with excellent programs, and STC offers their own professional certification program.
 

Society for Technical Communication - Professional Certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert level. For more information, visit www.stc.org/certification/.

University of North Texas – BA, BS, and MA in Professional and Technical Communication, and Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit https://techcomm.unt.edu/.

Texas Christian University – BA in Writing. For more information, visit addran.tcu.edu/english/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-programs/ba-writing/.


University of Texas at Arlington – Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/english/Academics/technicalwriting-certification.
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