Don’t discount the design professionals. I know many writers don’t have access to illustrators where they work, and that reality actually motivated us to develop this program. We chose panelists who would share principles or tips to help writers create and deliver graphics to support their texts, and just as expected, attendees had plenty to share as well.
Central New York had a moment of glory in downtown Denver, Colorado on May 5th when our STC Community won Gold in the national Community Achievement Awards at the STC national conference. Our chapter membership has grown over 200% from 2017 to 2019! Last year’s new members included technical writers working for local companies, freelance technical writers, and students. Our web-based programs, which support our geographically diverse membership, helped us attract new members. The engagement of our members, as well as our collaboration with other New York Chapters (Rochester and Metro), helped us secure the Gold prize. We encourage non-STC members to attend our functions and make sure that they hear about the benefits of joining our chapter. I’m looking
For tech writers, like me, who work as the sole writer for a team or company, daily work can sometimes feel like living on an island. Yes, there might be a small rowboat—an email here, a phone conversation there—sporadically drifting us to and from the larger world of tech comm, but in the end we often fall back on our own sense of what tech comm best practices include—or, in my case at my very first tech writing position, a frantic key-smacking Google search. Bobbi Werner and the STC CNY Chapter have been instrumental in creating a bridge to connect me, and other professionals like me, to the larger world of tech comm. The most recent STC CNY event, “Best