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2011, Q1 (March 29, 2011)
By Sheila Loring, Carolina Communiqué Managing Editor

Sheila Loring
Sheila Loring
Have you begun the year thinking about everything you want to learn as a technical writer? So little time, right?

Leave it up to the Carolina Communiqué to wrap up the essentials in one intellectually stimulating package.

This quarter’s newsletter covers a range of topics—from tips on developing your skills and advancing your career to strong opinions that you, as an STC member, might identify with.

Career Advice

Andrea Wenger provides tips for marketing yourself on a regular basis, particularly geared toward consultants and independent contractors. How do you maintain the work/life balance?

Peggy Harvey shares her experiences on the job market and has advice for technical writers seeking employment. New to the field? How do you land that first job?

Developing Your Skills

Christina recaps the chapter meeting on designing documents for readers with disabilities. There’s more to it than specifying alternate text for graphics.

Samartha Vashishtha, a technical writer for Adobe Systems, has tips for FrameMaker users. Do you know how to make change bars invisible?

David Dick draws parallels between improving your reading and writing skills. There’s more to it than asking “Why?”, “Where?” , “How?” and “Who?”

David Dick was busy this month! He reviews a book on writing effectively for the Web—principles that you can apply to developing any Web-based content. The case study on REI.com is particularly interesting.


Terry Smith, the chapter’s unflappable 2010-2011 president, has developed a theory about the benefits of chapter membership and even ties in the use of serial commas.

Bill Albing volunteered to judge in the chapter competitions this year and blogged his critique of the new judging forms and the competitions in general. Always honest and never one to hold back, Bill consented to reprinting his article here.

Enjoy this edition of the newsletter. Don't hesitate to let us know if you have wisdom to share.

Sheila can be reached at newsletter at stc-carolina dot org. End of article.

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