2019 Preconference Workshops

The Summit offers several preconference workshops that are either half or full day on Sunday, 5 May. Additional rates apply for these sessions. You may register for these when you complete your full conference registration. Already registered for the Summit? Log back in to your account to add a preconference session or email summit.stc.org a completed registration form.

Full Day Workshop: Sunday, 5 May $475 $200 $675
Half Day Workshop: Sunday, 5 May $250 $100 $450

See Full Schedule for the descriptions of each workshop. 


Saturday, 4 May, Full Day Workshop
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Creating the Right Solutions for Real Audience Problems using Design Thinking, Andrea Ames

*This workshop is 50% off the Full Day Workshop rate. Only 48 spots available!

Sunday, 5 May, Full Day Workshop
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

API Documentation Workshop, Tom Johnson

Sunday, 5 May, Half Day Workshops: 
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Necessities of Editing, Linda Oestreich
Designing Compelling and Powerful Infographics, Mike Parkinson
Git the Docs: A Fun, Hands-On Introduction to Source Control, Becky Todd
Information Design Workshop, Saul Carliner

Noon – 5:00 PM

Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop: This event is specifically designed to give you an opportunity to meet and learn from renowned technical communication experts, get hands-on with the latest tools, and connect with peers. Consecutive sessions will be presented by Bernard Aschwanden, Matt Sullivan, and Barb Binder. Workshop attendees get an exclusive Certificate of Participation from Adobe. This workshop is free of charge and open to everyone.

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Turning Theory into Practice: Content Strategy Demystified, John Collins
Minimalism Strategies, Dawn Stevens
Add UX Methodologies to Your Portfolio, Michelle Gardner
Designing with Memory In Mind, Patti Shank

ATTENTION Community leaders: Make plans to attend the Leadership Program on Sunday, 5 May, 8:00 AM to Noon.

Certification (CPTC) Preparation Course 
Saturday, 4 May: 8:30 AM -4:30 PM, Alan Houser & Jamie Gillenwater
Sunday, 5 May: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Alan Houser & Jamie Gillenwater
STC Member rate: $1,295
Nonmember rate: $1,545


Full Summit registration includes access to all education and keynote sessions; Welcome Reception; Honors Reception; Expo Hall; continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings; as well as refreshment breaks. Attendance at the 2020 Summit provides 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency.


Summit AttendeeHub app will allow you to create schedules, network and setup appointments with other attendees, provide feedback, and share announcements in the newsfeed. When the app is up, all registered attendees will receive an email announcement.


Stay on Seattle’s Eastside in the heart of Bellevue’s Shopping, Dining and Entertainment district, The Bellevue Collection. With its small-town charm and big city convenience, Bellevue, Washington is a modern oasis with endless activities and cultural attractions sprinkled in.


Get in touch with decision-makers and top influencers. Summit attendees come to the conference from more than a dozen countries from around the world and include technical writers, usability specialists, documentation managers, web designers, illustrators, managers, educators, translators, and other communicators.

About STC’s Technical Communication Summit

The 2020 Summit takes place 15-18 May, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, WA. The Summit kicks off Friday evening with the Opening General Session and Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall.