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First Annual TC Camp

Come to TC Camp

TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local bay area conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

Why TC Camp?

From: Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Whenever I go to a conference, I find that the best conversations happen between sessions. It's at those times, when I'm talking with the other attendees about the implications of what we just heard--when I'm relating the new information to my own work--that I get the best return on the conference sessions.

When I get back, I always wish I'd had more time with the speaker, or with other attendees, and that I had really had enough time between sessions (between new ideas) to process and really wrap my arms around what I need for success.

Introducing TC Camp, the first Unconference for content creators, strategists, publishers, and the people who support them!

An unconference is an event where users suggest topics, get together and discuss them in detail.  Anyone can suggest a discussion session. Want to brainstorm your project challenges with experts? Trying to get your arms around an idea, a strategy, an approach, or a tool? Want other people to compare notes with, then come to TC Camp.

At traditional conferences, the most productive moments often occur in the corridor between meetings; at unconferences, attendees like to say, it’s all corridor. — –business 2.0 magazine

When: Saturday 26 January[masked]:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Silicon Valley Cloud Center Directions

Events of the Day

  1. Workshops
  2. General Session including Panel of Experts
  3. Suggest session topics
  4. Vote topics into the agenda
  5. Go to discussion sections
  6. Summary session

Be sure to attend the summary session at the end of the day to hear about the sessions you couldn’t attend

Panel of experts

  • Sharon Burton
  • Catherine Lyman
  • Marta Rauch
  • Rebekka Andersen
  • Michael Hahn
  • Scott Prentice
  • Moderator: Scott Able, The Content Wrangler

List of available workshops

All classes run from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM and cost $30.00.

If you decide you want to attend a different class than the one you signed up for on the day of the event, we will allow you to switch to the new class, as long as there are seats available.

To sign up, click the link of the class you want below:

Choose a Class and Buy A Ticket now!

Potential afternoon session topics

  • Content for use on devices- going mobile, how, challenges, tools, , mobile applications, cross-platform/multi-browser web output
  • Content architecture and design - how to organize, how to plan authoring in a distributed model
  • Keeping a handle on your reuse, reuse strategies, thinking like an architect
  • Single-sourcing for business leaders, product managers, marketers and profit center owners
  • Developing metrics to justify resources, projects, tools
  • Doctypes – DITA, Docbook, S1000D, MILSPEC, Custom doctypes, how to choose, when to specialize/customize, benefits and drawbacks
  • Integrating SEO into web content
  • Working with outsourced teams, best practices, process improvement
  • Jobs, job search, how to break into a new industry, hot markets, looking outside the techdoc box
  • Portfolios – how to construct them, best practices, strategies for getting a wow
  • Localization – writing for it, publishing it, managing localized content, process engineering, best practices
  • Technical editing fundamentals, using checklists, efficient editing best practices
  • Your favorite tools: FrameMaker, Arbortext, Author-It, XMetaL, SDL, Word, Sharepoint, RoboHelp, MadCap, wikis, etc.
  • Bring your project challenges to brainstorm on current projects with experts (discussion)
  • Bring your business problems and data for a “techcomm coopertition hackathon” (data analysis)

See more on the website.

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  • Marta R.

    Looking forward to leading a workshop on content for #mobile and #wearables on Jan 24 - sign up: #TCCamp

    January 13, 2015

  • Liz F.

    The response was overwhelmingly positive.

    July 17, 2013

  • Liz F.

    What do Scott Able & TC Camp have in common? You'll have to read the Camp News to find out. ‎ Are you signed up to get the camp news?

    January 17, 2013

  • Liz F.

    This week's TC Camp News featured an interview with: Michael Hamilton, MadCap Software. Here is a tiny preview:

    "This is my very first [unconference]! I thought it was intriguing and about time the attendees got to direct things! Too many conferences are about what people want to share vs. what people want to learn. It's about time people get to say what they are looking for without regard to scripted talking points."

    ** About Michael Hamilton
    Mike is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking. His favorite area is the Eastern side of the Sierra mountain range. Recently his travels took him to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. With camera in hand he created a stunning calendar the chronicles his adventure. Take his class and maybe win a copy!

    Want more? Sign up for the full newsletter here:

    January 14, 2013

  • Liz F.

    Be sure to check out the perks page! There's lots of good stuff being raffled off at the camp PLUS there's a discount code you can use for the workshops!

    January 11, 2013

  • Liz F.

    Unfortunately, Patricia had to cancel her class. If you were coming to her class and I haven't already contacted you, please contact me. For anyone who hadn't yet signed up for her class, we're so sorry to have to disappoint! I know she wanted to be here but sometimes these things happen

    January 11, 2013

  • Liz F.

    Please remember you need to register and get a ticket on TicketLeap if you're coming to TC Camp:

    January 8, 2013

  • Liz F.

    January web special. get $10 off any morning workshop! Still time to get registered. The camp is coming up at the end of the month.
    Use Code: JANSHOP

    Pick your class here:

    January 2, 2013

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