As a technical writer, one of the best ways to bolster your business, further your personal education, and get yourself visible is to attend a conference.
Attending a conference allows you to broaden your industry knowledge and make some potentially lucrative connections… so what’s stopping you? We’d like to make this decision a little easier for you and share these five conferences that would be great for any technical writer to attend.
1. MadWorld 2016 (April 10-12, 2016 – San Diego, CA)
Presented by MadCap Software, The MadWorld Communication and Content Strategy Conference is a professional development and learning conference that caters to knowledge base experts, technical writers, documentation managers, content managers, and many other professionals in tech comm fields. With speakers like Jessica Kreger of Tradestation and Robert Hays of eBay, MadWorld is a fantastic opportunity to expand your industry knowledge while connecting with other like-minded technical writers.
2. ConveyUX (Seattle, WA)
While the dates for ConveyUX have already passed for 2016, this is a conference that can definitely go on your “next year” list. Technical writing plays a big part in user experience, and this event in Seattle is all about that good ole UX. This year’s speakers included UX expert Jacob Nielsen and Tom Merritt from the Daily Tech News Show.
3. WritersUA West (April 14 & 15, 2016 – Silicon Valley, CA)
This conference focuses on software user assistance, and will provide a huge amount of education toward bettering your written communication with product users. The influencer list is heavy on technical writers, and the featured presenters include Joscelyn Cooper of Airbnb and Peter Lubbers from Google.
4. Elevate Summit (April 16, 2016 – Austin TX)
Formerly known as “UserConf,” Elevate Summit touts itself as the “Only Conference for Customer Support, Success, and Project Managers.” This support-focused conference provides education and networking for people who work on the web or with apps, and offers speakers like Britnnee Cann of Refinery29 and Kendall Burke from Acuity Scheduling.
5. WritersUA Tech Comm (October 14 & 15, 2016 – Tacoma, WA)
Another extension of the WritersUA powerhouse, this conference will focus on tech communication for practitioners and academics in the areas of writing, design, tools, and technology. The conference organizers are currently calling for speakers.
Update – Other recommendations and suggestions for conferences from our readers in the industry
STC – http://summit.stc.org/
So… will this be the year you take your business to the next level? Attending a conference presents many more benefits than just education, and is a great gift to give to your entrepreneurial self.