Practical Sketching, using basic shapes and lines to convey a word or idea, is scientifically proven to help your memory and attention, and it can also help you nurture your creativity and bring fresh ideas to your writing. We’ll explore using this method as part of a process that begins with reading, helps you develop your ideas and think through problems, and ends with a well-thought-out draft.

Speaker Profile

Ellizabeth Alley

Elizabeth Alley is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) with 11+ years of experience in technical communication, preceded by 11+ years in nonprofit public art project management. She advocates for the user, providing clear and concise information to help readers do their jobs or understand a product or process. As an artist, she focuses on sketching, painting, teaching art to adults, and advocating for the use of sketching in everyday life as a tool to improve memory and observation skills. She has organized, curated, produced, and participated in over 30 solo and group shows since 1999.

Cost and Registration

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

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Four Secrets to a Killer Résumé

by admin on January 14, 2021

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A joint Santa Barbara STC and Los Angeles STC event

Radically change how you think about résumés!

In this session, you’ll learn four powerful (but easy) steps that take your résumé to the next level. Learn how to analyze job announcements, target your skills and experience to meet the expectations of a job, and craft your résumé as a persuasive proposal. The skills you learn in this session will help you create a résumé that stands out in a crowd and get interviews.

Speaker Profile

Alison Butler

Alison Butler is an award-winning technical writer, content strategist, and usability champion, with 25+ years of experience documenting consumer electronics, relational databases, SaaS and cloud products, BI software, APIs, enterprise management (TBM/ERP/MRP) systems, and much more. Coupling management experience and a Master’s in Rhetorical/Technical Writing, Alison offers specific techniques and a powerful perspective to résumé writing and job searching.

When  Friday, January 15, at 12pm PT
Where  Online
Cost and Registration This event is open to members and non-members.
• Los Angeles chapter members: $0
• Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
• Students: $0
• Other STC members: $10
• Non-members: $20

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Dec 30: To Be More Efficient and Consistent, Build a Better Checklist

December 23, 2020

A joint STC Technical Editing SIG, Policies & Procedures SIG, STC Santa Barbara, and STC Los Angeles event Anyone writing, editing, or managing any type of communication for a living is feeling the crunch. There is less time to create and edit; more types and formats of content; more apps, software, and systems to learn. […]

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Dec 30: To Be More Efficient and Consistent, Build a Better Checklist

November 8, 2020

Learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help improve your process.

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Observations From My Recent Job Search

January 12, 2019

After working as a technical writer at a large software company for seven years, I found myself out of work in the spring of 2018. It had been a while since I last went looking for work, and I was definitely rusty. In the months that followed, I interviewed with a total of 11 companies. […]

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Technical Writing in Action

January 7, 2017

I was at a party recently and was asked what I do for a living. “I’m a technical writer,” I replied. “I wrote the instruction book you didn’t read when you bought that tech product you don’t use anymore.” Awkward silence; one woman starting backing away from me. But one of the strengths of a […]

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Book Review. Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation, by Andrew Etter, 2 of 3

January 7, 2017

Part Two: The Talk I don’t know if you’ve heard of it before, but there’s an organization called Write the Docs that calls itself a “series of conferences and local meetups focused on all things related to software documentation.” You could be forgiven for not knowing about Write the Docs because, they don’t currently have […]

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Book Review. Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation, by Andrew Etter

December 12, 2016

Part One: The Book Modern Technical Writing is available on Amazon. Very reasonably priced. Search “Andrew Etter Amazon” using a web browser and you should have no problem finding it. Modern Technical Writing, for me, is really two books. One part of the book is the author’s take on technical writing best practices. The other […]

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What is the Purpose of the LASTC?

December 5, 2016

The purpose of STC chapters is to provide value to members at the local level. The LASTC does this mainly by: Maintaining a website: lastc.org Job notifications via email: lastc.org/resources/jobs/ Periodic dinner meetings with speaker: lastc.org/events/upcoming-meetings/ Serving as guide to the national STC: stc.org Because the LASTC is geographically dispersed – the majority of our […]

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Fresh from STC Summit

May 21, 2016

Jeff here, with another installment on this year’s STC Summit in Anaheim. Arriving at Summit! Admittedly, I did not set up my attendance for maximum success: due to work demands, I was only able to attend one day–Monday–which greatly curtailed my overall experience (Summit is a three-day event, with two pre-conference days). And due to a […]

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