Member meetings and more
Find out about the various events throughout the year that will keep you engaged and up to date with various topics in our profession.
For now, our Member Meetings and social events are held online, but we hope to plan some face-to-face events later in 2021.
Connect with your profession.
Learn from your peers.
Upcoming Member Meetings
Next meeting details coming soon!
Watch this space for updates on our next member meeting in August.
Thanks, we look forward to seeing you there. Remember to add this meeting to your calendar!
How to embed a culture of clear writing in your business
Friday 13 August 2021 from 11:00 am - 12 noon NZST (9:00 am - 10:00 am AEST)
Join Shelly Davies as she shows you how to plan, lead, resource, and implement a culture of clear communication and writing at your workplace.
You will learn how to:
Identify the challenges to transforming communications and writing culture
Create a set of resources to support the change
Use tools to manage resistance
Discuss key findings from research into plain language
Convince the organisation why plain language is necessary and beneficial to them.
For further details and to register, go to the TechCommNZ website.
Adobe Tech Comm monthly webinars
Learn about Adobe products and new features by joining Adobe experts online for live tutorials and get answers to all your questions.
July topics: How Adobe and Acrolinx enable technical writers to create better content. Faster.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9 am PDT (Wednesday 2 am EST)
Elevate your documentation with fast and pixel-perfect PDF publishing.
Thursday, July 15, 2021 9 am PDT (Friday 2 am EST)
Go to Adobe Events: Technical Communication for registration details and more information on upcoming webinars and events.
Season of Docs, by Google
Season of Docs supports documentation in open source by:
Providing funds to open source organizations to use for documentation projects
Providing guides and support for open-source organisations to help them understand their documentation needs
Collecting data from open source organizations to better understand documentation impact
Publishing case studies from open source organizations to share best practices
Season of Docs seeks to empower open source organizations to understand their documentation needs, to create documentation to fill those needs, to measure the effect and impact of their documentation, and, in the spirit of open source, share what they've learned to help guide other projects. Season of Docs seeks to bring more technical writers into open source through funding their work with open source projects and organizations.
For details, go to the Season of Docs website.
Past Member Meetings
City Cos® - a new system of geolocation and organisation of cities
Member meeting 27 July 2021
Lu Do Valle is a professional graphic designer based in Porto, Portugal. Her own poor sense of geographic orientation led to her create the innovative guidance system, City Cos®. In her presentation, Lu demonstrated the system and show how it helps tourists and residents alike to know where they are located and to have a clearer mental picture of a city.
5 of my favourite software tools for writing, teaching and managing my consultancy
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Dr Marina Hurley is a lecturer and consultant and Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Science, UNSW. With the development of her online Writing Clear Science teaching programs and the need to manage most of her professional work online, Marina now uses many different software tools. In this presentation, Marina gave an informative discussion on her top 5 favourite software tools she currently uses for writing, teaching and managing her teaching consultancy. Marina provided more tips in a companion blog on the subject FAQ: What software tools do I use for writing and teaching?
From manuals to content improved from machine learning
Tuesday 25 May 2021
John Wilson is the Information Experience Manager at MYOB. His team’s core purpose is to provide help that starts in the software user interface and continues through online help, using data, design, language and technology to bring users the right help in the right place at the right time.
John revealed his team’s core content strategy, which values contextual experience over search as a primary method of providing information. He explained how a combination of technology, processes, metrics, expert stakeholder wrangling and other factors have enormously improved content performance and user experience over time.
A Technical Writer by another name?
Wednesday 28 April 2021
Are you a technical writer? Are you a content creator? Are you UX Writer?
ASTC Vice President Sonja McShane led a discussion on what we call ourselves to best describe what we actually do. This was a fairly informal meeting, with attendees sharing their thoughts on how best to describe their role and the tools they use. The discussion demonstrated the broad spectrum of communications our members are involved in, everything from analytics to software help to defence documentation.
An overview of ClickHelp - is it the tool for you?
Wednesday 24 March 2021
Alexander Muravyov, CEO of ClickHelp, introduced us to ClickHelp and where it sits in a Technical Writer's toolkit.
His presentation covered - what's special about ClickHelp, who uses it, what problems it solves for their clients, what are the interesting single-sourcing features of ClickHelp that can save time, how ClickHelp is helping manage documentation projects with reports, and what user behaviour reports it offers.
How do Agile practices work for technical documentation?
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Kylie Weaver, who is passionate about Agile development, led the discussion and gave an outline of how Agile-developed projects work and how technical communicators fit in.
Members were then welcome to ask questions and share their own experiences in working in Agile development.