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.

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STC Education Event: Bringing Your Enterprise Structured Writing System into 2017 and Beyond

The use of both structured writing and structured markup has evolved over the years.  Organizations need to control and reuse content across the enterprise.  Information Consumers are demanding just enough, just in time information in their language of choice.  And this is true beyond Technical Publications for content that includes policies and procedures, documentation, product sheets, compliance information, marketing material, and more.

This Webinar will present an updated view of structured authoring, offered in the context of current technology that is cost-effective.  Doug Gorman, CEO of Simply XML, LLC will present an overview of 7 aspects of modern enterprise structured writing with structured mark-up including

  • Topic-based Writing
  • Information typing for information consumers
  • Effective authoring principles behind great content
  • Reusing content
  • Improving access for authors and readers with metadata
  • Assembling larger documents, and
  • Managing content across the enterprise

Attendees will see how structured authoring initiatives including Information Mapping™ and DITA can be updated and modernized to improve authoring, storage, and publishing efficiency and effectiveness.  They will see a glimpse at how tools like FSPro™ and Docutools™ can be transitioned to modern technical facilities.  It can be quite effective if you Keep IT Simple Smart-person.

November 29, 2017 – 2:00 PM
November 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM

Free for STC Members, learn more about it here!

Reaching Out To Students: STC-PMC Academic Outreach to University of Delaware

Colin Peterson, courtesy of his LinkedIn page

On the 9th of November on the University of Delaware’s campus, a group of presenters arrived to speak about technical writing, the work, and the industry. Among them was Colin Peterson, a student of Drexel University and member of our Philadelphia Metro Chapter of STC. A member of the Admin Council, Peterson assists with academic outreach and already has experience in the industry. A former intern for Harris Publishing who worked on a variety of engineering industry specific magazines, he knows what it feels like to work and to write for a job.

That was one of the secrets he, and five others, shared to the students at the talk. He “helped get the idea out to students that on a writing job, it helps to be an expert in your industry and to know your audience through what information they would like to see from you to help them use their products.” With an associates degree in diesel technology, Peterson knows what professionals in the industry would want to know, as his love of diesel engines and cars has propelled him to his chosen field in Technical Communications. The students also asked about where to find opportunities for careers, a common refrain from young professionals. It can take a great deal of bravery, as Peterson is aware—he drove over 2,000 miles to Idaho for the opportunity to intern for Harris Publishing, something he is very proud of.

Of course, Peterson is still a student himself. While a speaker, he listened to his peers and colleagues, and during the talk even he learned some things. His confidence in his skills grew, as well as his assurance that “one of the keys to success in the technical writing field is being conscientious and knowledgeable about an industry.” He even learned of new places to look for a career in technical writing, as well as tools on job search sites to help him in the future—a future we at STC-PMC are happy to help him reach.

Partner Program: Are You Talkin’ to Me?: Using DISC to Kick Your Communications Up a Notch

Want to kick your communications up a notch? A key part of delivering effective communication is knowing your audience. Sadly, many well-crafted communications miss the mark because they don’t meet the needs of the reader.

Whether you are speaking to a group of salespeople, engineers, customer service staff, or a mixed group, it’s important to understand the unique preferences of the various styles on the receiving end of your communication. The DISC model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and adapt their approach with others – within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.

Join IABC on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when humorist and organizational development professional, Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, will share how we can use the DISC model to more effectively communicate with others. She has been helping others achieve personal and organizational results for almost 30 years. And don’t be surprised if this funny lady has you laughing along the way.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 28, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia (Room Number 303).
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All attendees will need to show photo ID to enter the building. 
Cost: $25 members; $35 non-members; $10 students (includes dinner)

About the Speaker
Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, known for her humorous and interactive presentations, is a seasoned corporate trainer, motivational speaker, and professional stand-up comedian. Past-President of Greater Philadelphia ASTD and Blue Bell Toastmasters, she currently serves on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, teaching courses in business communications and leadership. A core component of her business is developing technical managers so they can grow their people management and communication skills. Her program, “Taking a Byte Out of Leadership” is a popular keynote at conferences and professional organizations.

CONDUIT 2018 Call for Sponsorships!

Do you want to sponsor one of the fastest growing TechComm conferences in the country? You still have a chance!

We’re accepting sponsors for CONDUIT 2018, which will take place in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania on April 6th and 7th, 2018. Sponsoring the conference is a great way to support technical communicators, and you can learn more about it here.

STC is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of technical communication for audiences worldwide. We are concerned with the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. If you sponsor our conference, your company name, logo, and website links will be included in all conference materials, including our website and email promotions.

There’s different levels of sponsorship in which you or your company can engage in, ranging from a Patron level, through Partner, Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Contributor. There’s even a Donor level that gives benefits for the donation of full versions of software to be raffled. The full list and descriptions of all benefits can be located here.

Signing up for sponsorships is a great way to benefit CONDUIT and your own business. A few of our previous sponsors include Adobe, MadCap software, XML Press, and Rosenfeld Media. We would love to add your company to this list.

If you’re interested, there’s a non-committal form to fill out here. The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2018, with payment due March 1st, 2018. There’s still enough time to work it into your yearly budgets if you start today!

Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to working with you. Please let us know if there is any way we can help.

Fifth Annual STC IDL SIG Virtual Open House

Are you interested in Instructional Design? Do you want to learn more about the Instructional Design & Learning Special Interest Group?

Be sure to check out the free webinar the IDL SIG is hosting on Monday, November 13th, 7:30 PM EST!

Since 2013, the IDL SIG has hosted this Virtual Open House to speak directly to prospective and new members about the SIG’s interests and goals. Come ready to ask questions, as attendees will have an opportunity to question members and leaders about the benefits of membership and what is offered by the IDL SIG.

For more information, check out the sign up page! If you’re unable to make it, sign up anyway! You will be provided with a recording with the webinar.