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West of Scotland Area Group meeting 21 October 2013: meeting report

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

Next North West Regional Group Meeting – 7th November

The next North West Regional Group will be on Thursday, 7 November 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 at MadLab Manchester. We will be running a style guide clinic. For location and more details see: https://nwtcgstyle.eventbrite.co.uk/. So we can have an idea of numbers please can you book.

Technical Communicator’s meeting in Edinburgh: 21st November | Le Monde, George St | from 6:30

The next ISTC meeting will be held on Thursday the 21st November.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communications to talk about the latest news and trends in communication, and to meet other communication professionals.

Venue: Le Monde, George St.

Please sign up for the event at http://istcedinburgh.eventbrite.co.uk/  to help us anticipate numbers.

West of Scotland Area Group meeting 21 October 2013

The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Monday 21st October 2013 from 7.30 pm onwards.  Come along to talk about the latest news and trends in communication, or just to meet other communication professionals.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communication, such as technical authors, information architects, internal communication professionals, report writers, marketing writers, web content writers and graphic designers.

Venue: Waxy O’Connors pub, 44 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DH. Please make your way to the Library area on the upper level.

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8451577897 to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

For more information, join the “West of Scotland Area Group” on LinkedIn (a subgroup of the “Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators” group) or email westscotland_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

Southern Area Group Meeting, Thursday 12th November, Guildford

The next meeting of the ISTC Southern Area Group will be on Tuesday 12th November at The Keep in Guildford, from 7pm onwards. Graham Armfield will talk to us about web accessibility, what it is, and why it’s important. Afterwards there will be the usual opportunity for questions, for serious discussion, or light-hearted chat, depending on your mood and inclination. The event is free, but numbers are limited, so book your place and find out more details here: http://ISTCSouthernNov2013.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

More information from: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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