Author Archives: Liz Miller

E Pluribus Unum — Out of many deliverables, one story [Meeting Recap]

Summary: At our November 2017 meeting, Tom Goering gave a status-to-date perspective on his company’s development of what was envisioned as a world-class Decision Support Management System that would expand its customer base. What happened when the massive team faced the realities of collaboration, resourcing and delivering? Read on…

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The Editor as Collaborator – Communication Makes the Difference

EBSTC January Program Recap

From years of experience, Lori Meyer can say with confidence that when it comes to technical editing, a communicative relationship and empathy with the author is the key ingredient to a productive collaboration. When there is open communication and good teamwork, an editor’s value can change from the perception of a grumpy Comma Cop to a valued resource and key member of the team. Continue reading

Minimalist Writing for Maximum Communication

EBSTC March Program Recap

Bruce Poropat is a practitioner and advocate for converting dense legalese into language that people can understand the first time they read it. In technical writing, the minimalist approach is reminiscent of Plain Language (see the federal government’s definition).

To the minimalist, it is the content’s message that is the priority, not the prose. In Bruce’s presentation on March 2, he first shared examples of minimalism in representational art, music and poetry, including a renowned example of minimalist fiction writing: “For sale: baby shoes never worn.” Continue reading

Devil Mountain Views – Fourth Quarter 2016 Issue

President’s Message (Liz Miller)

I still remember my first STC meeting back in the early 1980s with the Silicon Valley chapter. I had only recently realized that the work I was doing was called technical writing.

A year after relocating from the central coast to Union City, I found a job as an office manager/secretary for a small software startup company. Continue reading

Devil Mountain Views – Third Quarter 2016 Issue

President’s Message (Liz Miller)

What happened during our chapter’s summer vacation? The timing of this year’s two-month break gave EBSTC leaders the perfect opportunity to find a new resturant for our monthly dinner meetings. On September 8, we had an exceptional turnout for our first event at The Brass Door in San Ramon. Continue reading