Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for STC’s 2023 Technical Communication is open 15 August 2022 through 15 September 2022.

The onsite event will run 14-17 May 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA. The Summit will offer preconference workshops (available for a separate fee) and regular conference sessions.

STC is looking for top-notch presenters to engage our attendees with technical communication trends, tools, and techniques shared through how-to sessions, demonstrations, and applied practice.

Your participation as a presenter will help our attendees learn or improve a skill, increase their professional competence, enhance 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.

This year’s theme is The “How to” Conference: Learn Well through Show and Tell. We’re looking for presentations that focus on practical application of technical communication skills. “How to” does not mean simple. We are looking for all levels of complexity and unique ways of instruction. We are open to how-to sessions, demonstrations, and applied practice.

For the types and levels of sessions offered, suggested topics, and audience experience levels, see the Proposal Guidelines.

Timeline

The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Thursday, 15 September 2022.

Submissions will be blind-reviewed by a team with demonstrated expertise in the field of technical communication, led by the Conference Committee Chairs. After all submissions are reviewed, the Chairs will use the team’s recommendations to create the conference program. By early November, the Society will notify all submitters of the status of their submissions.

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

In early September, the STC 2023 Committee will host a How To Submit a Summit Proposal webinar.

We suggest you prepare your proposal in its entirety before completing the online submission form. Download the Proposal Guidelines.

Once you have completed your proposal using the template, submit your official Summit proposal through the online form, which will be available on 15 August 2022.

Theme of the STC 2023 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.

This year’s theme is The “How to” Conference: Learn Well through Show and Tell. We’re looking for presentations that focus on practical application of technical communication skills. “How to” does not mean simple. We are looking for all levels of complexity and unique ways of instruction. We are open to how-to sessions, demonstrations, and applied practice.

For the types and levels of sessions offered, suggested topics, and audience experience levels, see the Proposal Guidelines.

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 and reserve space on our program. Space is limited, so reserve early!

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