TC Camp – the techcomm unconference

Are you ready for TC Camp 2018? We are!

Grab your friends and come to TC Camp
Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, 2018!

TC Camp 2018 will offer a Pre-Camp API training day, three workshops, and the afternoon unconfrerence. TC Camp would not be possible without the generous support of our vendors and sponsors. The workshops are voted on by the community and are always a hit with attendees.

What is TC Camp?

TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

See what happened last year

Did you miss it? You can still learn from the notes taken by TC Camp Scribes!


An unconference is an event where users suggest topics, get together and discuss them in detail.

Why use the term “Camp” to describe this unconference event?  Originally, in 2005, O’Reilly Media had a Friends Of O’Reilly (Foo Camp) unconference event, where some people actually camped out that weekend.

This is what our attendees have to say…

One of the greatest benefits of TC Summer Camp was the way the unconference format leveraged the range of experience and expertise of its attendees. Because the session topics were determined by the votes of attendees, all attendees were able to meaningfully participate in the hour-long sessions, often bringing unique insights from their varied experience and education backgrounds. Individual sessions had a mix of participants…Veterans in the field shared lessons gained from decades of facing old and new challenges, and novices taught us about cutting-edge tools and rising industry trends.”
~ Rachael Lussos, GMU STC Student Chapter Blog (July 2016)

“TC Camp’s popularity arises from its unconference format — it places more focus on the attendees instead of juried presentations. As long as you participate, vote, and interact in the discussions, you’re guaranteed to connect.”
~ Tom Johnson of the I’d Rather Be Writing Blog (Jan 2016)

“I attended the TC Camp and found it to be immensely valuable. I really liked the “unconference” format in which attendees choose what they want to talk about. The discussions I attended were timely, lively, and informative. With a dozen or more sessions to choose from, it was easy to find plenty to like. The event is also valuable for its camaraderie. I’ve long missed having a regional event where I could meet with other technical communication professionals and exchange ideas.”
~ Patrick Lufkin, SF STC Newsletter Dec 2013

Even for an “unconventional” tech writer like me, it’s a good way to meet other tech writers and discuss challenges and solutions. Even better, it’s an affordable way to learn.”
~ Neal Kaplan, in the Comments on I’d Rather Be Writing Blog

“As technical communicators, we’re all well aware of the critical importance of keeping our skills current and our networks active. Fortunately, TC Camp is incredibly affordable with no compromises on quality. Many of the best minds in Northern California technical communication will be participating this year. So if you’re looking for the perfect opportunity for skill-building, networking, and fun, grab your backpack and head for camp.”
~ Lori Meyer, Communication Rising Blog [2015]

TC Camp Inc is a 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax deductible.