Preconference Workshops

The Summit offers several preconference workshops.

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 2022 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 and Practitioner Exam prep courses have a different registration fee from the other preconference workshops. The registration fee is included in the description of the course.

  • Half-Day WorkshopsHalf-Day Workshops
  • Professional & Academic and New TC Professional Members

  • Half-Day Workshops$275
  • Gold Members

  • Half-Day Workshops$275
  • Student Members

  • Half-Day Workshops$100
  • Nonmembers

  • Half-Day Workshops$375
  • Retired Members

  • Half-Day Workshops$275

Saturday, 14 May

9:00 AM—5:00 PM

CPTC Foundation Exam Prep Training – Presented by Alan Houser

This two-day course covers the nine core competency areas assessed by the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation Certification exam:

  • Project Planning
  • Project Analysis
  • Content Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Written Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Reviewing and Editing
  • Content Management
  • Production and Delivery

One CPTC Foundation exam sitting is included in the workshop price. You may take the CPTC Foundation exam in-person at the end of the second day of the workshop (Sunday, 15 May 4:00 to 5:00 pm CDT), or online at your convenience within six months after the workshop.

The course leader, Alan Houser, is an authorized CPTC Foundation and Practitioner-level trainer.

The registration fee for this workshop is $1495 USD for STC members; $1750 USD for nonmembers.

Sunday, 15 May

8:00 AM—12:00 Noon

Engaging Cultural Differences for Empowering Design – Presented by Huatong Sun

Should simplicity and minimalism be regarded the universal standards for information design? How could we avoid unintended stereotyping with user personas in daily design practices? To answer design questions like these, this half-day hands-on workshop asks participants to reconsider some commonly held design beliefs and routine design practices with a lens of cultural differences. Illustrated with design case studies, it introduces strategies and techniques to turn differences into design resources. Participants will learn essential skills of creating efficient, effective, engaging, and empowering designs in a globalized world at a divisive time.

Successfully Creating Content with Your Camera Phone! – Presented by Darcy Beery

As a former project manager in Hollywood, I will guide you in this workshop to engage in content creation with your own video camera or camera phone. You will explore the 3 tenets of good production: video, light and sound as you work with objects and each other. We will demystify the production process and you will leave with a good understanding of writing a production script, creating a shot list, and ‘filming’ an object and a person.

This entire session is hands-on and, as such, will provide you with real-world experience with your own devices and a chance to get your questions answered. Bring your video camera or camera phone, an object you can place on the table to film, and your curiosity!

9:00 AM—5:00 PM

CPTC Practitioner Level Exam Preparation workshop – Presented by Craig Baehr

This one-day certification preparatory course provides an overview of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) exam offered through STC and AMPG International.  This course will help you prepare for the Practitioner level exam, providing an overview 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 four specialization areas (project planning and analysis, visual communication, content development and organization, and writing and editing strategies) 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. The exam is not included with this workshop. The registration fee for this workshop is $995 USD for STC members; $1195 USD for nonmembers.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Advancing Your Career Through Improv Comedy – Presented by Jack Molisani and Li-At Rathbun

Have you ever been caught off guard by a question from your boss that you weren’t expecting? If so, take out improv comedy workshop! Improvised comedy (improv) is a form of acting where you make up a skit based on a suggestion from the audience. If you’ve seen the US or British TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” then you’ve seen improv. Join us to hone your workplace communication skills—and have some fun in the process!

Leveraging Who You Are and What You Know: Launching Your Side Hustle – Presented by Ben Woelk and Jennifer Goode

Have you thought about creating a side hustle? Do you want a secondary income stream? Technical communication practitioners bring a special mindset and skill set to their employers. However, many of us have the desire to see what it’s like to create our own niche business, often in addition to our day-to-day work. This workshop provides attendees with the tools to determine their skills, interests, and passion in identifying an attractive side hustle. You’ll learn the key considerations and steps you should take towards creating an appropriate side hustle. Presenters will share their personal experiences from their own side hustles (and a new joint venture!) to spur discussion and ideas throughout the session. You will also begin creating your action plan (roadmap) to help you begin your own side hustle journey.