• Write the Docs Portland June 2019 Meetup: Post-Conference Reflections

    For those who were unable to attend Write the Docs Portland conference in May, here's an opportunity to learn about attendees' experiences. And for those who attended the conference, here's an opportunity to reflect. Each year, Write the Docs conference presents opportunities for community members to learn about challenges, experiences, problem-solving methods, and writing philosophies of fellow documentarians. Many folks in this community attend and participate at the conference. Join us for a facilitated discussion where we reflect and share learnings from the May conference.

  • April 2019 Meetup: Portland 2019 Conference Talk Preview with Mike Jang

    Hello Documentarians! Our next Write the Docs Portland meetup is on Tuesday, April 9th, at Jama Software. And we have an exclusive! We'll have an opportunity to hear one of the sixteen presentations that was selected for Write the Docs 2019 Portland conference! Mike Jang will preview the "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Command Line" talk. The command line is not something that is to be feared, but an essential tool that can greatly aid software documentation. See you at the meetup!

  • Lightning in February: An Evening of Short Tech Writer Talks

    Rise up, gather around, document this place to the ground! Our February meetup will feature several short-length Lightning Talks by Write the Docs Portland community members. Instead of a full-length feature presentation, these Lightning Talks are short, focused topics that are about 5-10 minutes long. Our presentations include: Kristen McKee: "UX RedUX: Words are design" Christy Lutz: "Tech Writing in the Cannabis Industry: Hitting a New High" Mo Nishiyama: "Docs of Ages: Lessons Learned in Evolving Support Articles" And others to be announced. Interested in giving a Lightning Talk? Want to share with the community what you've accomplished in 2018? Contact Mo or Kristen, and let's make it happen!

  • January Meetup: Conference Submission Workshop (Presenters Wanted)

    Happy holidays, and many good greetings for the upcoming year, documentarians! Our January meetup (1/8/19, 6-8 pm at Jama Software) is an opportunity for members to share potential ideas for the Write the Docs Portland 2019 (May 19-21). Participants are encouraged to give short (~5 minutes) dry runs of potential presentations to gauge interest and collect feedback. Do you have a burning idea that you want to present at the conference? Here is your chance to share them. We'll also brainstorm topics that attendees would "love to see at the conference that they wish someone would offer." If you have a talk in mind, please RSVP and let the organizers (Mo, Kristen McKee, and Mike Jang) know in advance. We would love to have several speakers share their proposals. With Call for Proposals for the Write the Docs Portland 2019 conference quickly approaching (midnight, January 17th), this is a great opportunity to practice your talk and receive feedback. For what it's worth, several past participants of the Conference Submission Workshop were selected to present at Write the Docs. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas on January 8th!

  • Write the Docs PDX Dec. Meetup: Minimum Viable Documentation for RESTful APIs

    Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Documentarians! Our December meetup features a presentation by Mike Jang (Senior Staff Technical Writer at ForgeRock), as well as several very important announcements for the community. You don't want to miss this! Here's a teaser for Mike's presentation, "Minimum Viable Documentation for RESTful APIs": To paraphrase a James Bond movie, "Swagger is not enough..." ...You've done the work to set up OpenAPI specification REST calls for your APIs (Inaccurately known as "Swagger"). You have reference information. But you discover that few users are actually trying REST calls on your system. You're wondering: "What else do I need?" This presentation will describe the Minimal Viable Documentation (MVD) for RESTful APIs, also known as "What do I need for my developer portal?" Based loosely on Kristof Van Tomme's presentations on Developer Experience, Mike will describe the MVD for a developer portal, what will help your developers try out your APIs.

  • October Joint Meetup (with PSU and Support Driven): A Day in the Life of...

    Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Room 333

    For October, we're joining forces with Portland State University's Technical Communication group and PDX Support Driven meetup, for a very fascinating look into the lives of documentarians, Technical Writing students, and support professionals. We'll have two members from each group share with attendees what their work day is like. After the "Day in the Life of..." stories, we have an opportunity to ask presenters questions and form breakout groups where attendees can converse with others based on common topics of interest. Join us on Tuesday, October 16th, from 6 to 8 pm. Note: For this month's combined meetup, we are gathering at PSU, in the Smith Memorial Student Union building, meeting space room 333 (building map here: https://www.pdx.edu/student-union/building-directory#Third%20Floor)

  • Partner Event: API City Conference 2018 (near Seattle)

    Hello Write the Docs PDX Community! Our friends at Write the Docs Seattle has kindly extended an invitation to a two-day API conference in early October--complete with a discount code for Write the Docs PDX members. The Seattle API City Conference (https://apicity.io/) takes place October 3rd to October 4th, 2018. API City Conference is a non-profit community event that brings together a diverse set of developers and business people to network and learn about APIs and the business value they can bring to you and your company. With a focus on diversity and accessibility, the 3 track conference creates an open event where everyone is welcome. * Registration * Buy your ticket here, there is a 30% discount (in case of error, discount code is WTDTECHDISCOUNT) ! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-api-city-conference-2018-tickets-45049306689?discount=WTDTECHDISCOUNT * Location * The API City Conference is being held at the Kitsap Conference Center. The venue is located on the waterfront in Bremerton, WA and just one block from the ferry terminal. * Schedule and presentation overviews * You can click on a particular presentation to get more details. https://apicity.io/schedule * What to expect at the API City Conference * From the organizers: "We are expecting 400 attendees this year. In addition to a great line-up of speakers, we will be providing live captioning in the main room for people hard of hearing, and a Women & Non-Binary luncheon event. We also have a University student and mentor program. We hope you can join us for our inaugural event this Fall! Be sure to check out our well diverse and professional speaker lineup, which includes 3 female Keynote speakers. Talk topics include: DevOps; Microservices; GraphQL; API Protection; Postman; OpenAPI; Diversity, Women in Tech; Technical Leadership, management, ethics, burnout; API Documentation; API Design; Authentication, JWTs; Architecture; Machine Learning; API Best Practices; APIs and SDKs; Lessons Learned; API Standards; API Security; API Documentation Testing."

  • Joint meetup with the Portland Accessibility and User Experience group

    We’ll share inclusivity guidelines and tips, then break into groups and apply and share what we’ve learned. Together, we’ll uncover solutions to make your writing more inclusive. Please bring any burning accessibility comments or questions and any samples of relevant work you'd be willing to share and discuss.

  • Support Driven Expo 2018 Recap: Customer Support and Documentation

    Erin Grace and David Bastedo had a chance to attend the Support Driven Expo conference in June and will be here to share their experiences and what they learned. Support Driven Expo is a conference that brings together customer support professionals to learn from each other and share best practices through talks, workshops, and unconferences. Learn more about how documentation plays a role in customer support and other trends in the support community.