Summit ’14: Satisfy Your Inner Editor

by James Cameron on 8 May 2014

Guest post by Lori Meyer

Whether you edit full-time or are a writer/manager/information architect who edits, the 2014 Summit offers many opportunities to gain valuable insights about the important role of editing in a technical communicator’s job. Summit presenters include members of the STC Technical Editing SIG, the largest special interest group in STC. The SIG is well-known for fostering some of the most highly regarded editors in our profession, and its activities provide modern platforms for an open exchange of ideas.

The following list includes sessions with a strong focus on editing. See the program page on the Summit website for more information. You can also visit the STC 2014 Lanyrd website for program details.

Presentations and Workshops:

  • It’s Time To Spruce Up Your Writing! by Sylvia Miller (Monday, 8:30-9:15 AM)
  • From Unstructured Documentation to Structured Topics by Kai Weber (Monday, 9:45-10:30 AM)
  • Targeting Documentation to your Users’ Goals by Alyssa Fox (Monday, 9:45-10:30 AM)
  • Label Editing: Great Things in Small Packages by Leah Guren (Monday, 2:15-3:00 PM)
  • Writing for the Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors by Andrea Wenger (Tuesday, 8:30-9:15 AM)
  • Write Tight(er), Part 1: The Technique by Marcia Riefer Johnston (Tuesday, 8:30-9:15 AM)
  • Write Tight(er), Part 2: Applying the Technique by Marcia Riefer Johnston (Tuesday, 9:45-10:30 AM)
  • Minimalism—It’s Really About the User by Barbara Beresford (Tuesday, 9:45-10:30 AM)
  • Beyond the Manual: Writing for the Web by Ellen Buttolph (Tuesday, 4:15-5:00 PM)

Writing and Editing Progression (Monday, 1:00-1:45 PM)

  • Using Plain Language to Write Clearly and Simply by Ellen Buttolph
  • Goodbye, PDFs. Hello, 21st Century by Adam Evans
  • Writing in Simplified Technical English by Bernadette Koontz
  • Five Tips for Agile Information Development by Jenna Moore
  • Using New Media and Formats to Accommodate Changing Audience Needs by Lynn Gorton
  • Bending the Grammar Rules to Enhance Technical Communication by Kim Rosenlof
  • Technical Editing in Wiki-based Content by Louise Galindo

Content Strategy and Design Progression (Tuesday, 9:45-10:30 AM)

  • How Uses Twitter to Enhance Documentation by Michelle Chapman-Thurber and Gina Blednyh
  • Strategies for Friendly English and Successful Localization by John Collins
  • Modularizing Industry Standards by Ant Davey
  • The Data-Doctor Is In by Maria Antonieta “Tonie” Flores
  • UX Requirements: How Are They Different? by Megan Jones
  • Don’t Duplicate It, Include It! by Carolyn Klinger
  • The Unadorned Truth about Terminology: Initiatives, Practices, Melodrama by Karen Scipi and Georgia Price



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