Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for STC’s 2022 Technical Communication Summit is open!

Thank you for taking the time to consider submitting a proposal to the Society for Technical Communication’s 2022 Technical Communication Summit Conference & Expo!

The onsite event will run 15-18 May 2022 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). The Summit will offer preconference workshops (available for a separate fee), as well as regular conference sessions.

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.

Timeline

The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Wednesday, 13 October 2021.

Submissions will be blind-reviewed by a team with demonstrated expertise in the field of technical communication, led by the Conference Committee Chair. After reviewing written submissions, the Conference Committee will use the submitted videos for additional information if needed. After all submissions are reviewed, the Chair will use the team’s recommendations to create the conference program.

In late October 2021, the Society will notify all submitters on the status of their submissions.

The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Wednesday, 13 October 2021. 

Who can submit a proposal?

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

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 content professionals of all kinds–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.

Completing your proposal submission

For tips on completing your submission Here is the link to the How to Submit a Summit Session Proposal webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6128586971368457488 . You will have to complete the GoToWebinar registration page to view the recording.

Click here for the webinar slides in PDF format.

We suggest you prepare your proposal in its entirety before completing the online submission form. Click here to download the complete proposal submission instructions, template, and guidelines.

Once you have completed your proposal using the template, submit your official Summit proposal through the online form.

Topics for the STC 2022 Technical Communication Summit

Whether you’re just starting out in the profession or are an experienced practitioner or educator, the STC Summit will help you focus on content and tech comm practices, tools, and techniques that will help ensure your future success

The 2022 Summit conference theme is “The Booming Business of Content: A New Era, New Opportunities.” Content and communications are broad topic areas that have overlapping functions and appeal to a wide variety of knowledge workers. This year, to offer speakers more flexibility to propose sessions and topics that you think are best for our audience, the Conference Committee is focusing sessions on topics instead of tracks. 

For the types and levels of sessions offered, see Session Types and Audience Levels.

For more information about suggested topics, see 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 are encouraged.

What if I’d like to talk about a product or service?

Vendor-led sessions that offer practical solutions for tech comm professionals, educators, and students. A talk should offer tangible advice for addressing common challenges, plus may demonstrate how a specific commercial product or service can deliver the solution. However, the talk should not simply constitute an advertisement or endorsement for the vendor’s offering(s). Talks should be targeted to one of the audience experience levels.

Organizations that would like to present this type of session are encouraged to submit proposals here and reserve space on our program. Space is limited, so reserve early!

Questions about these vendor-led sessions? Contact Christina DeRose, Industry Relations Manager, to learn more about a Summit sponsorship package.