Book Club Votes Are In!

For our next STC-SM virtual book club, we will be reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss.

Truss is an ardent grammarian, and her book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, is all about how vital accurate grammar and punctuation are to our understanding of information. Her philosophy is replete with comical examples, so even if you don’t find yourself a strict grammarian, you might get a laugh out of those who do…and if you are disturbed that the Oxford (serial) comma is missing from the title, you are not alone. This book is sure to spark off much debate!

You can purchase this book online wherever books are sold.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the vote. We look forward to reading this book alongside you (virtually) over the next couple months.

Our discussion will take place on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in our Slack book_club channel. We’ll post registration details closer to the date of the event.

Happy reading!

Virtual Coffee Meetup on April 15

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, April 15, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meetup on April 15”

Virtual Coffee Meetup on March 13

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Friday, March 13, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meetup on March 13”

The Next Virtual Book Club is Coming Up in May!

Our next virtual book club discussion will take place on Thursday, May 21. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more (and learn more in the process), this is a perfect opportunity for you!

For our book clubs, we choose books that are written by esteemed thinkers in the fields of writing, design, and communication. We take concepts covered in the book, discuss and analyze them, and then identify connections between the content and our own experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn something new about our profession, but also to discuss it with other professionals in the tech comm community. Continue reading “The Next Virtual Book Club is Coming Up in May!”

STC Body of Knowledge: Know Your STC Resources

The STC Body of Knowledge (BOK) is a developing tool for the field of technical communication and stands to become part of our professional identity. In this presentation, Dr. Pam Estes Brewer shares some BOK basics: why it’s important, how to use it for work and studying for certification, and how to contribute to its development.

When

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7-8:30 p.m. EST

Please register by Monday, February 17, so we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

About Our Speaker

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer teaches in the Department of Technical Communication at Mercer University and directs the online MS in Technical Communication Management. She is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication and a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society. She has published one book, International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, and is working as second author on the second edition of A Research Primer for Technical Communication. She is an Associate Editor for Transactions on Professional Communication and an editor for the new IEEE training series English for Engineers. Contact her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamestesbrewer/ or brewer_pe@mercer.edu.

Virtual Coffee Meetup on February 12

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, February 12, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

Wednesday, February 12
12–1 PM EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of business, February 11. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual Coffee Meetup on February 12.

Program Recap: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design

On Tuesday, January 21, muggle Jamye Sagan presented to the STC-SM and Northeastern Ohio Chapters about the lessons we can learn from Harry Potter professors when it comes to technical communication and instructional design.

One of the last things you were probably thinking about when you read the beloved Harry Potter series or watched the movies was technical communication. Sound about right? Not only is the series filled with magical adventures, contention between good and evil, and the development of friendship, but it’s also replete with examples of learning and teaching. Continue reading “Program Recap: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design”

Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design

STC-SM and the Northeastern Ohio STC Chapter are hosting a joint webinar on January 21!

Join us on Tuesday, January 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. for the exciting webinar What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design! During this event, speaker Jamye Sagan will take us on a magical journey to discuss prominent professors in the famous Harry Potter series and the lessons we can learn from them to improve our instructional design techniques and technical communication skills. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design”

Virtual Coffee Meetup on January 16

It’s our first virtual coffee meetup for the new year! We’ll be meeting on Thursday, January 16, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more! This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

Thursday, January 16
12–1 p.m. EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of business on Wednesday, January 15. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual Coffee Meetup on January 16.

An Interview with Mary Jo David, STC Associate Fellow

On May 7, 2019, Mary Jo David was awarded the STC Associate Fellow award at the 2019 STC Summit in Denver, Colorado. Mary Jo David is a member of the STC Southeastern Michigan Chapter, and we couldn’t be more happy for her! The STC Associate Fellow is a prestigious award within the technical communication community; it honors long-standing STC members who have contributed their time and dedication to the field of technical communication.

Featured, left to right: Jane Wilson (STC immediate past president), Mary Jo David, and Ben Woelk (current STC president).

After the Summit, we interviewed Mary Jo, and we would like to share some of her insight with you. Keep reading to learn more about Mary Jo and her journey as a technical communicator. Continue reading “An Interview with Mary Jo David, STC Associate Fellow”