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September/October 2008

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  • Touchstone is back! It is sponsoring the Northern California competition for technical communication documents. Entry deadline is September 27. See Patrick's articles below.

  • Council Officer's Election will take place in October 2008 with results announced at the November meeting -- see Helen's explanation in her President's Message. See Gwaltney's description of the available positions below. Note: we are especially needing someone to be Vice President of Programs.


Feature Articles

That or Which? Don't Misuse These Relative Pronouns

Karen Reiser, a freelance writer and editor in Ohio, explains how writers tend to misuse the words "that" and "which" as relative pronouns to introduce adjective clauses, and provides examples for proper use.

Patent Careers for Technical Writers, Engineers, Scientists, and Medical Professionals - Part 2

Steven C. Oppenheimer, working in Washington D.C., tells how he made a career change from a freelance technical writer to a patent agent.

Write on Time: Tips for Small Business Success

Adrienne Tange, EBSTC President-Elect candidate, is the co-founder of Write on Time Solutions, along with partner Melody Brumis. Adrienne and Melody will be writing a regular column for readers of the Diablo Mountain Views, to share their experiences and help you achieve small business success.

Introducing Science Teacher-Interns to Technical Writing

T.R. Girill writes about science teachers unexpectedly learning about technical writing.

Get in the Running 2008

It's that time again—time for our members to pick our next leaders. This is a great opportunity for you to grow in your profession by becoming one of EBSTC's leaders. Gwaltney Mountford summarizes the activities and benefits for each of the chapter's leadership positions.

Call for Entries: 2008-09 Northern California Technical Communication Competition

Patrick Lufkin issues a call for entries to the 2008-09 Northern California Technical Communication Competition co-sponsored by the Berkeley, East Bay, North Bay, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley STC chapters.

Call for Judges: 2008-09 Northern California Technical Communication Competition

Patrick Lufkin also issues a call for judges in the upcoming 2008-09 competition. Time is of the essence, so please read this article and act quickly.

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