STC Lone Writer SIG Events at the 2015 Summit

Join the STC Lone Writer SIG at the following events at the 2015 Summit in Columbus: Monday, June 22: Lone Writer SIG business meeting (Room Union B). Note, no food or refreshments will be offered. Hotel pricing is exhorbitant). You are welcome to bring your own. Tuesday, June 23: STC Communities Reception (Expo Hall). The Lone Writer SIG will have a table, and volunteers are welcome to help.

Registration Now Open for Next Year’s Summit

Registration is now open for Technical Communication Summit '15. In addition, STC has announced the keynote speakers for the Summit. Nancy Duarte will be the opening keynote speaker, and Denise Jacobs will the closing keynote speaker. More information is available at summit.stc.org.

Renew Your Membership for 2015

The STC membership renewal period for 2015 is now open. Existing members can renew their memberships for 2015, while new membership can purchase memberships for 2015 and receive the remainder of the 2014 membership year for free. You can purchase or renew your membership by going to www.stc.org/membership/join-or-renew-now. Remember to choose the Lone Writer SIG as your special interest group.

New Lone Writer SIG Website Now Live

The Lone Writer SIG has been working with the STC staff over the past year to migrate its website to the STC servers. We've taken this opportunity to update the website content while also migrating it to WordPress. This will allow us to take advantage of WordPress's large library of third-party themes and plugins to make the site more responsive to the needs of our members. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for the new website.

Changes to the Website are Coming

Later this year, we will be making some changes to the STC Lone Writer SIG website, including re-launching our Members Only content. These changes will bring the website closer in line with other STC SIG websites while updating the site’s content and modernizing its platform.

New Email List Now Available

The STC Lone Writer SIG’s venerable email list, stclwrsig-l, was retired earlier this week. It is being replaced by a new email list, lonewriter-discuss. All current members of the SIG have been subscribed to this list and should have received an introductory email from SIG Manager Ed Marshall. If you didn’t receive this email, check your junk email folder. If it’s not there, contact us for assistance.

SIG Activities at the 2013 Summit

AtlantaThe following is information on SIG activities at the 2013 Technical Communication Summit in Atlanta from 5 to 8 May 2013. If you would like more information about any of these events or are interested in volunteering, contact our SIG manager, Ed Marshall.

Community Reception
Monday 6 May
6:00 to 7:00 PM (The community reception is held after the annual business meeting, which is scheduled from 5:00 to 6:00 PM but often runs into overtime.)

The community reception is essentially a long row of tables. People stop at any SIG tables of interest and chat a few minutes or longer
about what the SIG does, how it works, benefits, and so on. The Lone Writer SIG will have an updated promo sheet listing SIG activities and resources. The Lone Writer SIG will share a table with the Consulting and Independent Contracting SIG. We face many of the same issues and have a fair amount of crossover membership.

SIG Business Meeting
Tuesday 7 May
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Hanover AB Room

It’s a low-key meeting to talk about how the SIG is working, any issues, questions, and so on. Feel free to bring your lunch/drinks. Food is not provided.

Lone Writer SIG Off-Site Dinner (Optional, if we get enough volunteers)

We used to have an informal get-together at a local restaurant of interested SIG members, usually organized by local members of the SIG. Each person is responsible for their tab. No set agenda; just an evening out to get to know each other. We’ve found it works best if it’s a place that can handle groups of 15 to 20 people, isn’t overly loud so we can talk, and reasonably priced.

Honors Banquet

Note: This is a very formal affair: gowns and tuxedos are standard attire. You can certainly get by with a nice dress/business suit for women, coat and tie for men. Although the rest of the Summit is very informal (business casual), you will probably feel out of place at the banquet dressed business casual.

Recruit a New Member by 15 September for A Chance to Win a Free 2013 Membership

Know of anyone interested in joining STC? Tell them about the STC Tryout. New members can join the society for the rest of 2012 for 67% off of the annual membership dues. In addition, STC will credit new members’ accounts for that same amount toward next year’s dues.

Existing members that get new members to join the STC Tryout by 15 September are eligible to receive a free 2013 STC membership.

Couldn’t Attend the Summit? Check out Summit@aClick

The 2012 Technical Communication Summit was held from 20 to 23 May 2012 in Rosemont, Illinois. If you couldn’t attend the summit, you still have an opportunity to benefit from the education sessions presented there through SummitAtaClick.

SummitAtaClick is an online library of education sessions recorded at the summit. Audio and PowerPoint components are synchronized, so it’s as if you’re attending the session in person.

SummitAtaClick will be available six to eight weeks after the event, but you can pre-order it now and get a special rate of $149 US for members or $249 US for non-members. (After 13 July, the price increases to $249 US for members and $499 US for non-members.)

For more information, see the STC website.