Building a Technical Writing Community

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”                                                                                                           – Helen Keller It seems to me that the benefits of building a…

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Technical Writers: WHO are we? WHAT are we?

WHO are we, as technical writers? What are we? And, WHAT do we do. These are the questions that regularly come up when discussing technical writing and technical writers. Ironically, as our field becomes more widely known, our identity crisis has led to even more confusion than ever. We represent ourselves as Technical Writers and Technical Communicators. Others say we are Information Designers or Information Developers. Sometimes, we are called Content Developers or  Content Managers. The WHO we…

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Managing a Global Team of Writers

I had the pleasure of presenting at TC World/TEKOM in Stuttgart last week. I've been to several international conferences in the last few years. In some cases, I was impressed; sometimes I was a bit disappointed. Often I felt very proud of our own conference here in Israel (MEGAComm). The audience in Stuttgart was respectful, interesting, engaging. It was interesting presenting to a global audience, discussing how global teams should work. Here's the presentation:  

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War and Technical Writing

The title seems particularly appropriate now, as Israel has just fought a relatively long and difficult war. I won't get into the politics of it - other than to say that I heard from many technical writers who found it difficult to work, to concentrate. Many were going to bomb shelters regularly during the work week as sirens sounded nearby. For me, a lot of the war was worrying about our soldiers and civilians, friends who live particularly…

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