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Supporting writers' groups
We're always glad to come talk with a group of writers or editors.
Over the years, we have presented speeches for many writers' groups, taught workshops for them, contributed articles to their journals, participated in their activities, won awards in their competitions, and encouraged students to join these organizations.
If you'd like us to come talk to your group, call us at (505) 898-4912, or email Jonathan at Jprice@swcp.com, and we can work out arrangements.
Presenting international workshops
The national headquarters of the Society for Technical Communication has sponsored Jonathan's workshops at the chapter level, handling publicity and registration so that the local chapters could profit from part of the fees they charged.
Jonathan has also presented one and two-day workshops for writers, for individual chapters of the Society for Technical Communication. Examples:
Jonathan also gives workshops at the international conferences of the Society for Technical Communication, IEEE SIGDOC, WinWriters, Solutions, and ACM SIGDOC. Examples:
Some writers' groups we support:
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication (SIGDOC)
IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS)
National Writers' Union (NWU)
Southwest Writers (SWW)
The Society for Technical Communication (STC)
For more information on writers' groups, see:
Speaking at national conferences
Lisa has delivered talks on web writing at the national conferences of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Southwest Writers' Conferences.
Jonathan has given many speeches to national conferences by groups such as the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Documentation, and the IEEE Special Interest Group on Professional Communication.
Speaking at, doing workshops at, and organizing Regional Conferences
Jonathan delivered the keynote speech at the STC Trends Technical Communication Conference, Orlando, FL., October 3, 1997, as well as giving a one-day workshop on help.
For the Kachina New Mexico chapter of the STC, Jonathan programmed, hosted, and keynoted a two-day conference on Recycling Information into Multimedia using Web Tools and SGML, with more than 20 speakers, preparing the site, doing publicity, registering more than 80 attendees. November 17-18, 1995.
As Program Chair, Jonathan organized the schedule, recruited 45 speakers, and introduced the theme of Modeling Information in Electronic Space, a two-day STC Regional Conference, for 150 attendees, October 13-14, 2000, in Albuquerque, NM. Selected presentations later appeared in a special issue of Technical Communication, which he edited.
Jonathan has presented workshops at regional conferences:
Speaking to chapter meetings
Over the last 20 years, Jonathan has given at least two dozen speeches and short workshops to meetings of the East Bay Chapter, Berkeley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Silicon Valley Chapter, Kachina New Mexico Chapter, and Tokyo Chapter of the STC. Topics included online help, CD-ROMs, hypertext, tutorials, procedures, collaboration.
Contributing to writers' journals
Jonathan has been an active contributor and editor for journals aimed at professional writers.
Participating in activities
Winning awards in competitions
Bringing students into the organization
As the faculty advisor to the New Mexico Tech student STC chapter for several years, Jonathan nudged them to get out a newsletter, do shadow days with people at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and persuaded two students to set up a list serve for students of tech writing (because they were so often scolded on Techwr-l).
In 1998 he shepherded four undergraduates to a presentation they gave to the Kachina New Mexico chapter. They went on to give talks at the Regional Conference in Texas. Their presentations went so well they were regarded as grad students.
In addition, working with Chuck Campbell, Jonathan helped prepare students to talk about web editing at the Texas Regional conference, based on the article we all did for an IEEE special issue (March 1998).
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