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5 Conferences That Technical Writers Should Consider

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Updated on September 3rd, 2019

 

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/

Outside of the US
Write The Docs – http://www.writethedocs.org/conf/eu/2016/
ASTC – https://www.astc.org.au/astc-conference

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.

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12 Comments

  1. Fer O'Neil on March 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    The largest technical communication conference in the world in tekom, in Stuttgart, Germany. I think a little less than half of the presentations are in English, but there is a lot of quality to be found in every one you attend. More info for that any other tekom (European, Asia) sponsored conference are here: http://www.technical-communication.org/conferences.html
    However, the most definitive international list of conferences can be found here: https://ffeathers.wordpress.com/tech-comm-on-a-map/



    • Kyle on March 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Hello Fer,

      Thanks for posting this. I’ve had quite a few inquires about conferences outside of the US.

      Kyle



  2. Rhyne Armstrong on May 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    LavaCon is one of the best, of not the best for those at the senior or manager level. The education sessions and networking can beat most others. This year there events in Dublin and Las Vegas. http://Www.LavaCon.org



  3. Kyle on May 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Hi Ryhne,

    Thanks for sharing, its good to know where the decisions makers are spending their time.



  4. Derek Cooper on November 25, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Technical Communication UK (TCUK) is the largest conference on technical communication in the UK. It’s held annually in September or October and covers a range of topics on an annually-changing theme and other topics of more general interest to technical communicators. The conference is organised by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC) in the UK.



    • admin on November 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Derek!



  5. Paula Stern on November 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    And other conferences outside the US – of which there are many, include:

    MEGAComm – based in Jerusalem, the next one will be held on February 2, 2017, with experts from around the world, this is a solid hi-tech conference that blends techcomm with MARCOM. http://www.megacomm.org.

    UA Europe – which will be held in June, 2017 in the UK (http://www.uaconference.eu/).

    TEKOM has their annual conference in November each year – over 3,000 people attend – it’s amazing.

    And finally – they also have TC World conferences, including the upcoming one in Bangalore, India on February 22-24, 2017.

    There’s a whole world of conferences out there!



    • admin on November 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Paula!



  6. Liz Fraley on January 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    TC CAMP! This is the only pure unconference for technical communicators where topics are decided by the attendees on the day of the event. On the West Coast on January 20-21 in Santa Clara, CA and on the East Coast in the Fall. The West Coast TC Camp has an API Workshop, for anyone looking to break into that field. TC Camp day is free, the workshop is minimal cost to cover expenses. TC Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational entity.



    • admin on February 7, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Thanks for sharing that Liz.



  7. Rick Sapir on February 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    There are 100s of great techcomm conferences from around the world listed on my calendar: http://keycontent.org



    • admin on March 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thanks for sharing Rick!