Welcome to the STC – Philadelphia Metro Chapter!



STC’s mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of technical communication for audiences worldwide. STC is concerned with the education, improvement, and advancement of its members.

STC-PMC fills these needs on a local basis through a wide range of activities, including monthly meetings; career and education information; and competitions for technical publications, and online communications. Check out our chapter brochure.

Reigister Now: Free Webinar – Major Trends Shaping the Future in Tech Comm

Society for Technical Communication LogoThe Technical Communication industry is constantly evolving. It is changing due to the changing demands and preferences from the important stakeholders that a technical communicator works with on a day to day basis. In some case, the changes are now mainstream and a significant number of content professionals have adapted to the changes. In other cases, changes are happening, but it is still early days and these changes will shape the role of the future. There are 3 major trends causing the shift: mobile publishing, structured authoring, and end user engagement. The adoption in these three areas is rapidly increasing and a good number of customers have already embraced these. In this webinar, we will try to decipher what’s going on in each of these shifts and understand the specifics.

REGISTER http://www.stc.org/education/online-education/live-seminars/item/social-media-and-its-implications-for-content-strategy-copy?category_id=53

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY Abhishek Jain is a Product Manager at Adobe Systems, India where he manages the Technical Communication line of products (RoboHelp and Technical Communication Suite). He is responsible for product strategy and roadmap, partner ecosystem management and customer relationship. Prior to Adobe, he worked as a Product Manager at Winshuttle, where he managed the Enterprise suite of products. Earlier he worked as a Software Engineer with Adobe, Freescale Semiconductors and Wipro Technologies. He’s did his MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium and Bachelors in Technology from National Institute of Technology.

Last Chance to Register: Applied Content Strategy – Bringing Purpose to Web Projects

sarawbApplied Content Strategy: Bringing Purpose to Web Projects

Co-Sponsored by Drexel University Department of Communication

Web content strategy is the discipline of connecting business goals and users’ needs to the content you publish —and when it’s missing, our websites become a mess: fluffy corporate jargon, confusing interface copy, bloated navigation, and more content than anyone knows what to do with. In this introductory workshop, we’ll talk about why content strategists are in demand on web teams, and how to start applying strategy skills whenever you work with web content.

This workshop is designed for those with writing and editing backgrounds who want to bring their communication skills to the web, such as technical writers, marketers, and students. During this workshop, we will:

  • Cover the basics of content strategy
  • Practice setting goals and establishing content standards
  • Build skills analyzing web content
  • Practice writing for the web, with a focus on content that works for mobile/responsive experiences

Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! This is a chance for professionals and students to come together. Professionals can expect to find great new talent and students can meet potential employers and mentors. Don’t forget to bring your business card.

Food, beverage, and dessert are included in the ticket price!

Registration closes on Friday, November 13th. Don’t be unlucky and miss out! Sign up today!

Time and Place

Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00-9:00
Drexel University – MacAlister Hall Skyview Room
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The session will be held in MacAlister Hall, in the 6th floor Skyview Room, located at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets. MacAlister Hall is 9B on this map: http://drexel.edu/about/directions/university-city-map/. From the Chestnut St. entrance, go to the elevator and take it to the 6th floor.


Sara Wachter-Boettcher runs a content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia. She is the editor in chief of A List Apart magazine and the author of Content Everywhere, a book about creating flexible, mobile-ready content. She advises and leads in-house workshops with clients like The Home Depot, Trek Bicycles, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Harvard, and speaks at web conferences worldwide. Find her on Twitter @sara_ann_marie or at sarawb.com.

Register Now!



STC’s 2016 Member Get a Member: Recruit a new member and win!

With STC’s 2016 membership season now open, the “Join Us” Member-Get-a-Member (MGAM) Campaign is in full swing. Recruit a new member and you will be entered to win prizes like an Amazon Echo, LG Portable Mobile Pocket Photo Printer, Amazon gift cards, and much more.

Recruiting a member is easy with this three-step process:

  1. Meet One. Tell a friend, colleague, or employer to join now and receive 14 months of membership for the price of 12.
  2. Bring One. Have your referral join STC by 15 January 2016. New members must use your name as the referrer for you to get credit.
  3. Get Rewarded. Each member you recruit increases your odds of winning a great prize.

Want the details? Visit our MGAM page. You’ll find tips to help you recruit new members and be entered to win!

Free Virtual Open House with the Instructional Design & Learning SIG

Technical communicators near and far: Save the evening of November 10, when the welcome mat will be out for our third annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House! Drop in to find out what we’re all about, “meet” our SIG leaders and volunteers, and hear about the many opportunities to be involved with our vibrant, award-winning STC community. All technical communicators are welcome; you do not have to be an STC member to attend. Watch this space for registration information, coming soon. We look forward to your visit!

At our Virtual Open House, you can learn more about our group and what services we offer our members. You can even meet some of our leaders and mingle with other attendees.

See the end of this message for details on how to join us at the open house via Adobe Connect.

Can’t make it? We’re planning to record the festivities so you can view it at your leisure.

Please feel free to share this invitation with any of your training or instructional design colleagues so they can learn more about the IDL SIG!!

If you have any questions, please email membership@stcidlsig.org or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-stc-idl-sig-virtual-open-house-tickets-19143371339


South Jersey November Meet Up

As we enter fall, it’s time for another STC (Society for Technical Communication) South Jersey networking group get together.

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Famous Dave’s Barbeque, 104 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 The restaurant is on Route 70, a few blocks below I-295 (from I-295, take the Route 70 West exit) and just above Kings Highway.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Gary Sternberg (sternyo54@gmail.com), and by registering on Eventbrite, although you are still welcome to come at the last minute. Also feel free to contact Gary if you have any questions.