Preconference Workshops

The Summit offers several preconference workshops.

STC offers multiple preconference education opportunities for an additional registration fee. Attendees can register for full or half day workshops on important topics in technical communication, and/or attend full day CPTC prep courses for our Foundation and Practitioner levels of certification. Full descriptions for the 2023 workshops are below! 

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Preconference Workshops Schedule

The Summit offers several preconference workshops. There are additional registration fees for these sessions. You may register for these when you complete your full conference registration.

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Preconference Workshop Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration for a preconference workshop up to 28 February 2023 and receive a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received on 1 March or later will not be refunded, but may be transferred to someone else. All requests to cancel or transfer must be submitted via email to .

The CPTC Foundation Exam prep course has a different registration fee from the other preconference workshops. The registration fee is included in the description of the course.

Saturday, 13 May

9:00 AM—5:00 PM (Full Day)

CPTC Foundation Level Certification Exam Prep Course

Presented by Dr. Craig Baehr 

This one-day preparatory course provides an overview of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation level exam offered through STC and AMPG International. This course will help you prepare for the Foundation level exam, providing a detailed review of each of the nine core competencies (project planning, project analysis, content development, organizational design, visual communication, written communication, reviewing and editing, content management, and production and delivery) and related learning objectives covered by the exam. Additionally, the course will provide an overview and walkthrough of the major question types, study resources, tips, and a sample examination paper.

Craig Baehr, Ph.D., STC Fellow, is an APMG International accredited professional trainer, instructional designer, and technical communicator with more than 25 years of technical communication experience.

The registration fee for this workshop is $995 USD for STC members; $1195 USD for nonmembers.


Sunday, 14 May

9:00 AM—1:00 PM (Half-Day)

Advanced Editing for User-pleasing Content

Presented by Leah Guren

Are you drowning in a sea of dense legacy content? Do you find yourself fixing typos, rewriting a few heavy sentences, and perhaps enforcing some terminology consistency? The results are better, but the improvement is usually slight, at best. This workshop helps you shift your perspective to make bold and substantive edits, leading to refined content that your users will appreciate.


2:00 PM—6:00 PM (Half-Day)

The Information Design Workshop

Presented by Saul Carliner

Consider the trap of online content. The more that’s available, the more effort required to get what’s needed. This half-day workshop shows you how to design content that users can easily find and comprehend, and generate the desired response. Through a case-study approach, you identify the fifteen essential information design
techniques pertaining to issues such as setting effective, measurable goals for projects, gaining, holding the attention of users, and following writing techniques that promote user effectiveness.