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September Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Readers,

I have been pondering about my writing process lately. As I reflect on the type of writing I do, I am realizing the mindset required to create a long-form article is different from when I am writing a UX microcopy. The shorter the content form, the more involved the process. 

As our profession evolves and advances, it is becoming evident that we have to pivot quickly to keep pace. To ensure I continue to be productive and creative at the same time, I have decided to track my progress when I go for my long runs and find paths that intersect with my writing. It has been an interesting revelation as I find several similarities between the two. How do you keep motivated and moving forward? No pun intended :)

Interestingly, I came across a blog on https://bit.ly/3kWJMHi in which the writer shares how his walks create the foundation for his creative work.

On another note, we have our workshop with Jack Molisani on Sep 18, 2021. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-be-the-captain-of-your-career-tickets-165332398655 to register for this event. 

Additionally, we have kicked off our mentoring for the fall of 2021. We have students from University of North Texas and University of Texas, Arlington who will be going through the program with our mentors. If you are an STC member and interested in mentoring, please write to mentoring_leadership@stcdfw.org

Best,
 

Zohra Mutabanna

NTLSC President

VP's Corner

Hello from our First VP

Enter, the technical writer…!  I am constantly challenged and motivated by the end-user.  While I am not a mind reader either, there are some current analytics tools and programs that can give technical writers a leg up in creating content that makes the users life easier.  

Analytics tools can provide both direct and indirect feedback from users as they navigate our documentation.  Current analytics range from programmatic features such as: feedback buttons, thumbs up/down buttons, Was This Topic Helpful plugins, to software programs like Google Analytics or Flare’s Madcap Analyzer.  In our dynamic digital age, analytics provide tech writers with an innovative opportunity to actually curate documentation based on real user feedback. We have a gateway into the mind of our users!      

 

Exciting times!

 

Faith

Upcoming Events


 
Saturday,
September 18

 

The Lowdown

See Our Sponsors!

These are our GOLD sponsors! Would you like to become a sponsor as well? Check out our Sponsors page.
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Join STC Today!

If you sign up for STC membership today, you will get 16 months for the price of 12. What are you waiting for? To register, go to https://www.stc.org/membership/. Don’t forget to choose the North Texas Lone Star Chapter as your chapter of choice.

2021 Summit On Demand Extended thru Sept. 30

The 2021 Technical Communication Summit On Demand includes access to recordings of all the Featured Speaker sessions, education sessions, and exhibitors on the virtual Summit platform. Access has been extended through September 30. Go to https://bit.ly/3h7l7in for more information.

2022 Summit Call for Proposals is Open

STC National has a call for proposals for the 2022 Technical Communication Summit. The onsite event will be May 15-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. If you are interested, please go to https://summit.stc.org/call-for-proposals/ to submit your proposal.

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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