Come to TC Summer Camp!
Saturday, 30 July 2016
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
TC Camp events are free to attend. Several morning workshops are available at low cost, thanks to the 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 in past years
- Notes from the 2016 Camp and Session Matrix (soon!)
- Notes from the 2015 Camp and Session Matrix
WHAT is an UNCONFERENCE?
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.
“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 last year  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
“I attended last year , and it was worthwhile. Even for an “unconventional” tech writer like me (not using Adobe, or Flare, or DITA), there were plenty of workshop options. It’s a good way to meet other tech writers and discuss challenges and solutions. Even better, it’s an affordable way to learn whether attending a larger techcomm conference would be worthwhile.”
~ 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, a value-packed event is just around the corner that can help us do just that: TC Camp … 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