The next ISTC Southern Area meeting will be a pub social in Winchester on Tuesday 11th February from 7pm. The venue is the Royal Oak, entrances on Royal Oak passage (between High Street and St Georges Street) and also on St Georges Street (postcode SO23 9AU). We have reserved the lower bar (which is supposedly the oldest bar in Winchester).
Come and join us if you would like to spend an evening talking about issues and trends in the technical communication world. You may even pick up some useful tips and tricks from your fellow technical communicators.
The event is free, and is open to ISTC members and non-members. But if you are planning to come, please register on EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-area-meeting-winchester-11th-february-2014-tickets-10246887717 so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us. You’ll also find directions and parking information in the EventBrite listing.
The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Tuesday 25 February 2014. The event is free and open to all. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-communicators-meeting-in-glasgow-25-february-2014-tickets-10163795185 for details and to sign up.
You can also join our LinkedIn group, “West of Scotland Area Group” (a subgroup of the “Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators” group).
The North West regional group will be meeting again on the 6th February. Further details and tickets can be obtained on Eventbrite.
The North West Group’s next meeting will be on 5th December. Our guest speaker will be Ellis Pratt, who really needs no introduction as he is so well known in our industry. He will be speaking on “Emerging Trends in Technical Communication”.
More details and the ability to a reserve a seat for what should be a very popular talk can be found on Eventbrite.
Four participants met at the scheduled venue (Waxy O’Connors pub at 44 West George Street, Glasgow) at 7.30 p.m. It was a ground breaking experience for me, as I work as a lone communicator in an engineering business, and don’t have any personal contact with other communicators on a daily basis. In fact this has been my first contact with other such professionals since I started working in my current position, 4.5 years ago.
The meeting was an informal gathering at which the two new attendees (myself and another, Anne) were able to introduce ourselves to the two stalwarts, Katja and Charles, and we were able to discuss our current employment circumstances, and Katja gave a short debrief of her attendance at the Technical Communication UK conference last month. Charles was also able to provide some valuable received wisdom identifying current trends in tech. pubs, although it is clear that it is a diverse profession, and there a many ways of working, tools to use and user interfaces. We also talked about the dearth of authorship training, for such a burgeoning profession. I really enjoyed attending the meeting and look forward to continuing the discussions at subsequent meetings, if my work commitments allow.
Graham Devlin FISTC