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Seeing Story Everywhere: Story Craft in Technical Writing

Elisa R. Sawyer, Independent Consultant

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Do classes in creative writing improve our skills as communicators in technical fields? The presenter says yes! Even for writing reference material, the use of story craft as taught in creative writing affords us a set of skills that are uniquely valuable. Learn what is taught in master classes on story and how using these skills can improve what we offer to our audiences as technical writers.


Part 1 in API Series: Introduction to API Technical Writing

Sarah Maddox, Google

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Have you ever wondered what API technical writers do and how they go about it? Perhaps you'd like to move into developer-focused documentation yourself and just need some tips on getting started. Join Sarah Maddox as she discusses what an API is and demonstrates some easy-to-use APIs that you can play with later yourself. Examine examples of API documentation and gather some ideas on getting started in this field. It's an exciting and rewarding area of technical communication!

Creating Tech eBooks

Toni Ressaire, Publisher, Route 11 Publications

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Your users are buying tablets and e-readers, and they are reading electronic documents easily on portable devices with reading apps, on computers or e-readers. A January 2014 Pew study reported that over 50 percent of Americans have a tablet or reading device and that 32 percent have a dedicated reading device. Whether you want to leverage this document format for users, clients, or to write your own tech book, this webinar will introduce you to the tools and processes for creating ebooks for reading on portable devices.

Part 2 in API Series: Documenting Java and C++ APIs

Ed Marshall, Marshall Documentation Consulting

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Want to increase your technical communicator pay by 30 to 40%? You can by documenting application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs). This market has a demand that constantly exceeds the supply of writers who have the required skills. In this webinar, Ed Marshall introduces you to the world of API/SDK documentation and the two most common tools you need to know to be successful: Doxygen and Javadoc.

Putting Out Fires with Content Strategy

John Collins, Senior UX Content Strategist, Rosetta Stone

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

You’ve probably heard—or said—something like “All I did today at work was put out fires.” We don’t want fires, but they happen. So, let’s see how content strategy helps put out fires in software development, some examples, and how content strategy fits with technical communication.

Part 3 in API Series: Helping the Code Tell the Story: How to Present Effective Code Samples

Joe Malin, EXO U USA, Inc.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Even if you don't know how to code, you can deliver effective code samples to your readers, and even improve how your SMEs write code. Effective code samples are clear, concise, easy to follow, and easy to read, so as a writer, you know more about writing good code samples than some engineers. Tune in to this webinar to learn how you can apply what you already know to delivering good code samples.

Report from 20 Years in the Self-Employment Trenches

Thea Teich, Owner and Principal, Teich Technical and Marketing Communications

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

After her first 20 years as a technical communicator with nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations, Thea Teich “went out on her own,” working as an independent. In 2015, she will have worked 20 years this way. This webinar describes her myriad experiences: why and how clients came and went; how to deal with inconsistent workloads, work flows, and payments; how to handle the hassles that take much more time than they should, and why you should embrace the fact that cats will get on the keyboard—among other things. Despite all this, Thea has no desire to ever be a “captive employee” again. Come to this session if you think you might like to work this way.

Spring Over Hurdles in the Workplace: How to Get Ahead No Matter Where You Are

Pamela Paterson, Bestselling Author, "Get the Job: Optimize Your Resume for the Online Job Search," www.beatresumesystems.com

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Stuck in a rut in your job? Learn how to get ahead in the workplace. It’s not by chance that some people spring over others in their careers. Learn top strategies to guarantee job success as a technical writer from the bestselling author of Get the Job, Pamela Paterson.