Peter Rylands

22 July 2016

Write the Docs: a conference for technical writers

Write the Docs logoI’m a technical copywriter, writing the documentation for Adestra’s email marketing technology. As the only member of the Docs department, and being new to the field, I wanted to find a conference where I could learn from (and meet) my peers.

Unfortunately, most conferences or events I found revolved around creative writing. Stumbling upon the PCN, I felt I was in luck. Some really good speakers that would definitely provide some insight to copywriting – though not necessarily technical copywriting in particular. However, as we know, due to the recent events with the PCN the conference had to be cancelled (though it will rise again!).

I felt a bit lost.

I really wanted to learn new things and meet new people. And that’s when Write the Docs cropped up.

A conference for software documentation writers

Write the Docs bills itself as a “series of conferences and local meetups focused on all things related to software documentation”. Perfect. “We consider everyone who cares about communication, documentation, and their users to be a member of our community”. Doubly perfect. “Our conferences create a time and a place for the global community of Documentarians to share information, discuss ideas, and work together to improve the art and science of documentation”. Triple…you get the idea. It was exactly what I wanted and needed as a professional.

Write the Docs Europe takes place in Prague from the 18th to 20th of September. Around 250 people are expected for the three-day event, which will include project sprints, talks and a good ol’ chinwag with other tech writers.

Because Write the Docs understands it has a diverse community, the talks are diverse too (and interestingly named), tackling: feedback, screenshots, keeping up with rapid releases, what fiction writing can teach you and more.

Tickets are still available, so if you fancy meeting like-minded ‘documentarians’ and like learning new things, come along!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it out to Prague though, I’ll provide you with the best bits upon my return.


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