The 2020 call for proposals is open.

Call for Proposals

Submit a proposal to the 2020 Technical Communication Summit & Expo!

Thank you for taking the time to consider submitting a proposal to the Society for Technical Communication’s 2020 Technical Communication Summit Conference & Expo – Career Vision 20/20!

STC is looking for top-notch presenters to engage our attendees in discussions around key trends, issues, and cutting-edge solutions in technical communication.

Your participation as a presenter will help our attendees increase their professional competence, improve their leadership skills, and understand career growth opportunities; provide an exchange of ideas and solutions; and foster many networking opportunities to meet colleagues and thought leaders in the field.

In this way, STC, along with the presenters who are selected, will create a community of learning that helps all technical communicators improve the quality of technical communication for our users as we strive for excellence in doing what we do: simplifying the complex, clarifying the confusing, organizing the chaotic, and managing the content that enables our modern civilization to function.

The Conference Committee suggests that you prepare your proposal in its entirety before entering it into the official Summit proposal online form and submitting it. Download the template to get started. Make sure to save this document for your records.

Once you have prepared your proposal in its entirety using the template, submit your official Summit proposal through the online form!

The tracks for the STC 2020 Technical Communication Summit are:

Content Design and Delivery

Sessions targeted at technical communication professionals, educators, and students, encompassing the creation, design, refinement and delivery of content, regardless of medium.

Content Design and Delivery

Tools and Technologies

Presentations and demonstrations of tools and technologies that you use to develop or improve your information deliverables, as well as techniques and approaches for working with and documenting new technologies.

Tools and Technologies

Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development

Sessions targeted at project delivery professionals working the spectrum of approaches – from predictive (or waterfall) to cutting edge Agile methodologies; those in or wanting to move into management and other leadership roles, and ways to set personal career goals and create a plan that you can achieve.

Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development

Training Development and Delivery

Sessions on the training industry as a whole including synchronous onsite and online classes and the creation of effective eLearning. Presentations cover the tools, tactics, strategies, and techniques needed to deliver robust courses that enhance the learner experience no matter the pedagogy.

Training Development and Delivery

For more information about each track, see Summit Tracks and Topic Ideas. 

There are several types of sessions, so please consider the presentation type that best fits your topic and your presentation style. There are also several audience experience levels to consider; more advanced topics (Practitioner and Expert levels) are welcomed.

We welcome all proposals to create the most relevant and comprehensive program available.

Who attends the Summit?

Our attendees are professional technical communicators. Most are full-time employees; some are independent consultants or owners of small businesses. They work at all levels, from beginners to experienced veterans. Occupations include: technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, information designers, architects, content strategists, instructional designers, usability and user-centered design practitioners, researchers, professors, and students. When submitting a proposal, consider topics that will appeal to a range of interests, backgrounds, and experience levels.

Who can submit a proposal?

Anyone with experience in the latest communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions is invited to submit. You are not required to be an STC member to submit a proposal.


After all submissions are reviewed, the track teams will provide their recommendations to the Conference Committee Chairs and STC staff for final consideration. In October, the Society will notify submitters whether their submission has been selected.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee for more information.