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Thames Valley Area Group meeting – 6th February 2018

The group will be meeting at its usual venue from 19.00 at Bird in Hand, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, RG10 9UP. We will be looking at communicating with social media.

Please register via Eventbrite here if you would like to attend.

East of Scotland Area Group Meetup- 30th January

The East of Scotland Area Group are holding an informal meetup at Edinburgh University. As well as meeting each other, we’re hoping to encourage some students to come along and find out more about our field.

When: Tuesday 30th January 5.30pm

Where: Seminar Room, Main Library building, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ


  • 5:30-5.40: What is Technical Writing? (Holli Hamilton) A brief overview of tech writing and the ISTC to introduce ourselves to any student visitors. Hopefully it can also provide some discussion points: so many experiences of tech writing are different!
  • 5:40-6:15: Open floor for presentations and discussions. Having trouble with a tricky topic, or found a neat new trick? Bring it to the group!
  • 6:15-6:30: Plans for the next meetup.
  • 6:30: Pub. :)

Paligo demonstration – North West Regional Group

We have Steve Wiseman of Paligo coming along to give us a demo of Paligo on Monday  4th of December.

Paligo is an XML-based component content management system (CCMS) that users access entirely in the cloud. Paligo’s team built on top of a custom topic-based version of Docbook XML to create a number of user-friendly features, which Steve will be demonstrating to us on the night.

If you intend going can you book via EventBrite here so we can have an idea of numbers.

Date: 4th December 2017, 7 pm. (please note this on a Monday not on the normal Thursday that we meet)

Location: MadLab 36-40 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN

Cambridge Area Group meeting – 8th November

Video creation as a topic-based content delivery method

When: Wednesday 8th November 18:30 – 21:00.

Where: ARM3 Lecture Theatre | Arm Ltd | 110 Fulbourn Road | CB1 9NJ Cambridge

Abstract: Technical writers are sometimes asked by clients to create video segments to be included in online content.

This session will help you to get started if the medium of video is new to you, or if you are looking for some hints to improve your video production capabilities without turning yourself into a videographer.

Note that this meeting is for both the ISTC and the Write the Docs Cambridge Area Groups.

Yuri Kolber is the Director of Training and Professional Services for OnTarget Communications. He has served as a Platform Evangelist for Microsoft for many years, and has assisted global consulting organisations plan and roll out content management and training programs for their customers.


Next steps: Entry is free to all. However, please book your free ticket through Eventbrite at the link below. This allows us to determine how many people are coming and to prepare visitor badges.


Thames Valley Area Group Meeting – 7th November 2017

The next meeting will be held at the Bird in Hand, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading, RG10 9UP from 7pm.

The topic will be: supplemental software or “what’s in your tool box”?

We’ll look at all the software we use to support our main writing software. For example photo editing software. Don’t feel you need to limit it to what you use today. Feel free to reminisce about the joys of Corel Draw.

If you would like to attend please register your attendance using the this link to Eventbrite.

The organiser for the meeting is Darren Mitcham and he may be contacted by email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk