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April Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Readers,

The past month has been a busy one for me, personally, as I started a new job and settled into a rhythm of new routines. Apart from the traditional documentation, I have had to quickly train myself in the art of UX writing. To prepare myself, I have relied on several online resources such as blogs, videos, free courses – you name it.

During this learning, I discovered that April is celebrated as the English Language month besides celebrating other events. Since we are writers, and we deal with words, this caught my fancy, and I went down a rabbit hole trying to find out why English is celebrated this month. If you are interested in learning more, check out https://nationaldaycalendar.com/english-language-month-april/.

I am in reset mode as I move towards UX writing from the long-form to “less is more.” Have you felt a similar challenge in your career? But while I try to figure it all out, I am making it a point to have fun. And I hope you are having fun, too, as we emerge from our winter hibernation.

On that note, I want to remind you about our upcoming webinars. Please register and share with your network. Our events are free if you are an NTLSC member.

Look forward to seeing you at our online events.


Best,

Zohra Mutabanna

NTLSC President

VP's Corner

Hello from our Second VP

While I was working on a pair of user guides a few days ago, I had an epiphany. I noticed that in all of the non-technical communication roles I had completed before, I suffered burnout often. I took small breaks, and I let my mind wander. As a technical communicator, I enjoy working with new and legacy documentation. Feedback from SMEs inspires me. There is joy in the details, passion in the pursuit of knowledge. I believe that every technical communicator may find a different kind of happiness in their work, even on the Tuesdays.

During the spring months, I'm going to revisit the living passion hidden under the routine, daily tasks that I do.


Many thanks,
Addison Kliewer

Upcoming Events

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STC Election Results!

Check out the results of the STC 2021 elections published in NotebookCongratulations to everyone elected, and thank you to all the candidates for all you do to make STC what it is.

STC Summit 2021 Registration

The registration for STC Summit 2021 is now open. Go to https://summit.stc.org/conference/ to register and get additional information.

Spectrum 2021

Spectrum 2021, the annual conference of the Rochester STC Chapter, takes place online Saturday, April 17 to Monday, April 19. This year’s theme is Flexibility, Creativity, Sustainability.

How do we sustain the practice of technical communication in this challenging time? How do we stay flexible? How do we nurture our creativity and apply it to our work?

Keynote speaker Alisa Bonsignore will set the stage for participants to learn and talk about sustainability and our careers, and presenters will share their ideas and methods they are applying to their work.

Register on Eventbrite. You will find all the conference details on the Spectrum pages of the chapter website.

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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