Live Networking. Bring your best nerdy ideas (for October's meeting).

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STC TC Communicator
Published by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
August 20, 2018 

Networking with STC TC Members

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Happy Hour: 5 - 6 pm

Cooper Pub & Restaurant
1607 Park Pl Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Located in the Shops at West End.

STC TC provides appetizers. You provide the company. Bring your best nerdy ideas for our Nerd Night meeting on October 9th, and be sure to introduce yourself to Carolyn Schultz, our new Vice President. 

​Register here:



October Nerd Night 

Calling all tech comm nerds!
Lightning talks. TED talks. Conference progressions. Do you get tired of being the person scrambling up the mountain to ask the guru for wisdom?
Have you encountered Nerd Nite? No gurus. No seekers. Just nerds like you and me.

​Three people take 20 minutes each to share what they're passionately nerdy about, revealing to their fellow nerds – you and me – what's wonderful and amazing about some particular thing. It’s not about teaching; it’s about sharing the passion.
What aspect of your work do you love the most? Would you be willing to give a 20-minute "show and tell" about it? You don't need to be an expert; you just need to care a lot about your topic.

The intent is to share passion with peers, not to impart wisdom to novices. The desired reaction is “How cool! Now I want to delve into that!”

If you are interested in taking part, email

STC TC Update
STC TC 2018-19 Season
STC Twin Cities meets on the second Tuesday of each month between September and June 2018-19. We have 6 networking meetings planned in different locations around the Twin Cities, plus 4 programs.

In addition, we will offer a Saturday professional development seminar in the 2019 winter/spring timeframe.
If you have a subject or speaker that you think is valuable for technical communicators, please contact anyone on our board: Lily Keire, President; Carolyn Schultz, Vice President; Johanna Schels, Secretary; Barbara Beresford, Treasurer at
Volunteer Opportunities
We are recruiting writers for this newsletter, as well as website volunteers. With only a small time commitment, you can gain valuable experience in your own professional development and contribute to the TC Tech Comm community! Email

Get Involved in a Census about Technical Communicators
Saul Carliner of Concordia University is conducting a census of technical communicators.  Please help get technical communicators on the page by filling out this census. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. The census will be open only until August 27, 2018.

Get your article in front of
​hundreds of professional readers
The Society for Technical Communication’s Instructional Design & Learning special interest group (IDL SIG) invites undergraduate- and graduate-level students to submit an article related to Instructional Design for publication in our quarterly newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning. Besides having your article published in a professional publication read by hundreds of practicing instructional designers and technical communicators, you will receive a one-year complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL SIG.
And that’s not all. With your permission, the IDL SIG will submit selected articles for inclusion in the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). If your article is accepted for inclusion in the TCBOK, you will earn an additional one-year STC/IDL membership! You can also insert another link in your résumé to your article in the TCBOK, which is available for reference by thousands of professional technical communicators.
Here is what L. Stoe said about having his article published in our newsletter: “Being published under the Student Outreach Program provided a forum for me to apply and test my skills learned in my classes in Technical Communication & Professional Writing. The competitive process was fun and increased my self-confidence. I printed the published article and showed it as I interviewed for a new position as a technical publications writer just last month. I got the job and definitely feel that the published article helped me. Having a published article to show others strengthens any portfolio. I encourage others to go for it . . . I cannot overstate how nice it was to show my article during my interviews.” (Read his article at .)

The process for entering is described below. You will also find the necessary links to our website with entry packet, FAQs, and submission form. Please note that we can publish as many as 15 students’ articles (and award the STC and IDL SIG memberships) per year. Deadline for entering articles is December 29, 2018.

The Process:

How to Enter the Student Outreach Article Competition

1. Go to and download the complete Entry Packet.
2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. If you still have questions, email us at
3. Read the Contributor Guidelines and select a topic from our list of suggested instructional design topics. Note that if you choose a topic not on our list, you need to request our pre-approval by email.
4. Write the article without exceeding two single-spaced pages or 1,000 words.
5. Use the Final Checklist to ensure your article adheres to all guidelines.
6. Download and complete the Submission Form.
7. Send your article, the Submission Form, and any graphics to

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