Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Volunteer Opportunities

Make a vital contribution to STC and our Ohio STC chapter! You can help the chapter continue to achieve its award-winning service to its membership and community. In addition, there are many benefits to being a chapter volunteer, such as: Develop new skills Receive mentoring from STC leaders Advance your career: Add assets, experience, and … Continue reading…

Start 2023 in a Greater Way

As we start a new year, please consider clicking on The Literacy Site to give a donation of a book.    The click and donation are free. The site is at –  https://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/lit/home?gg_source=ctgtabs&gg_medium=sitenav&gg_campaign=ARS   When you click, the sponsors fund donations of books and supplies for children. The web site is part of the GreaterGood … Continue reading…

Spotlight on Nicole Derr

“I help companies develop high-value products and high-performing teams. My emphasis is on improving culture and employee engagement through collaboration, transparency, employee empowerment, continuous improvement, and trust.” So says agile coach Nicole Derr who goes on to say: “I specialize in leadership coaching, product strategy and innovation, and team development. I work primarily with leaders, … Continue reading…

Academic Writing Now (Book Review)

Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students – Second Edition David  Starkey. 2021. Emerald Publishing. ISBN 978-1-80043-663-3. 200 pages. US$23.99 (softback). Comprehensive and authoritative while being friendly were my thoughts when I was reading Academic Writing Now. Especially useful is that Academic Writing Now covers the most recent versions of both American Psychological Association (APA) … Continue reading…

2022 Word of the Year from Collins (“for word lovers and word geeks everywhere”)

The Collins Dictionary revealed its 2022 word of the year as “permacrisis” with the definition of an “extended period of instability and insecurity, (especially) one resulting from a series of catastrophic events.” This is according to https://www.cnet.comulture/dont-stress-but-permacrisis-is-the-2022-word-of-the-year/ Some of the catastrophic events that came to my mind are the COVID pandemic, extreme weather, and Russia’s … Continue reading…

Spectrum Conference Review

Tricia Spayer attended the Spectrum conference this year and also made a presentation, Enjoy reading her answers to the questions asked. What was your favorite part of the Spectrum conference in Rochester? My favorite part of the conference was seeing STC Rochester members, whom I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with at previous Spectrum … Continue reading…

Where Technical Writers Meet Agile (Meeting Review)

We had a great panel discussion on October 20 about Agile development from the Technical Writer’s perspective. Panelists included our own Barb Philbrick, Paulette Tiggs, and Paul Holland along with guest speaker Nicole Derr. Nicole is a Technical Writer turned Agile Coach. She works with organizations that want to develop high-value products and high-performing teams. … Continue reading…

Mentoring and Wine

Ohio STC members and guests enjoyed sitting outside at the beautiful venue at Michelangelo’s Winery. We shared some red wine, a charcuterie board and a couple of flatbread pizzas. And although they are well known for their amazing pastries, none of us had any room left to try them.’ One guest, a recent college graduate, … Continue reading…

Embodied Risk in Technical Communication (Book Review)

Embodied Environmental Risk in Technical Communication: Problems and Solutions Toward Social Sustainability.Edited by Steven Stinson and Mary Le Rouge. 2022. Routledge.  ISBN 9781032155494. 290 pages. US$44.95 (softcover). If you are a practitioner or teacher working in the field of technical communication, environmental education, science communication, or public health, the material in Embodied Environmental Risk in … Continue reading…

STC Alliance Competition

Did you or your company produce great technical instruction, information, user support, or promotional content for the web or mobile devices in the past year or two? You could be the next winner of the STC Alliance Competition! The STC Alliance is comprised of the Atlanta, New England, New York, Rochester, South-Central Texas, and Washington … Continue reading…