Preconference Workshops

The Summit offers several preconference workshops.

Preconference Workshops Schedule

The Summit offers several preconference workshops. Additional rates apply for these sessions. You may register for these when you complete your full conference registration, which is opening soon.

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Preconference Workshop Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration for a preconference workshop by 1 March and receive a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. After 1 March, the registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred to someone else. All requests to cancel or transfer must be submitted via email to .

  • Full-Day WorkshopFull-Day Workshop
  • Half-Day WorkshopHalf-Day Workshop
  • Professional & Academic

  • Full-Day Workshop$350
  • Half-Day Workshop$275
  • Gold Member

  • Full-Day Workshop$350
  • Half-Day Workshop$275
  • Student STC Member

  • Full-Day Workshop$200
  • Half-Day Workshop$100
  • Nonmember

  • Full-Day Workshop$475
  • Half-Day Workshop$375
  • Retired

  • Full-Day Workshop$350
  • Half-Day Workshop$275

Preconference Workshops as of 15 December 2020

Dates and times may change. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

Saturday, 5 June 2021
9:00 AM–6:00 PM

At-A-Glance Infographics, presented by Mike Parkinson

Description: In this hands-on workshop, learn to quickly turn your words and data into powerful infographics. Use the tools you have to make clear, communicative, compelling visuals that improve understanding, recollection, and adoption. Discover new free and low-cost tools to make it even easier. See how to communicate even the most complex content and mountains of data in a way that is impactful and unforgettable. No design skill is required.

All participants receive Mike’s Billion Dollar Graphics ebook, 200 professional infographics, Mike’s popular Graphic Cheat Sheet, step-by-step instructions to make infographics, and more. This workshop requires Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or newer and a mouse.

2:00—6:00 PM

The Agile TechDoc Manifesto: Applying Agile Principles to Information Development, presented by Dawn Stevens

Description: The combination of Agile development’s high speed, limited planning documentation, and short delivery cycles creates a unique set of challenges for technical publication organizations. These challenges require a shift in thinking about resource management, task allocation, and completeness of information. How do you make that shift? In this workshop, you’ll learn to make the Agile process work for you, rather than forcing your team to work for the process. Whether you are working with an Agile development team or simply looking to improve your own team’s performance, this hands-on workshop will help you uncover better ways of creating technical content and bring flexible structure to your constantly changing work.

Make Your Content Usable by (Almost) Everyone: An Introduction to Accessibility, presented by Char James-Tanny.

Description: Accessibility means making things available to everyone. We’re familiar with this to some extent, thanks to curb cuts. But we can also make our content accessible by following several guidelines. During this workshop, we’ll use the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to learn several techniques for making our content more accessible. (Even though WCAG includes “Web”, the principles, guidelines, and success criteria lend themselves to documentation, even if it’s not online.)

Sunday, 6 June
9:00 AM—6:00 PM

Content Strategy: Plan, Produce, Publish, presented by Bernard Aschwanden

Description:  Content strategy. Content analysis. Goals, Information Architecture. Reuse. DITA. These terms are being used more and more often in the technical communication landscape, but how do they all come together into a real solution?

This interactive and hands-on workshop will provide you the chance to be involved in planning the life of content from creation to archiving. You then will follow the plan to produce content that meets the needs of your audiences (yes, more than one). Ultimately, you will deliver the content in multiple formats, for multiple types of readers, on any device. You also will touch on several components of a content strategy and then implement aspects of all of it.

During the session there will be a chance to work in groups, interact, share experiences, and discuss the ways that the real-world needs of content impact the way we work. A plan is made, expectations set. Content is created, tools are explored. Once delivered you can see the results on YOUR device. Real-time, live, and with practical examples.