TC Camp Gazette #19


Cast your vote for your favorite Workshop topics NOW!

Which ones will make the cut for 2015? It is all up to you so, cast your vote, and let your voice be heard.

From Attendee to Chairman of the Board!

TC Camp Top Story by Scott Prentice, TC Camp President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board

Becoming a Nonprofit

When I first heard about TC Camp, I thought, “Hmm, a techcomm unconference, now that sounds interesting.” It certainly seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday (especially since it was basically free). I had never heard of an unconference before and was interested to find out more about it.

It turned out to be a fun and rather busy day. Lots of great discussions on various subjects, and it seemed like everyone was really engaged. Overall, I was very impressed! TC Camp has something for everyone, from writers to managers to vendors. It seems that everyone has something to offer and something to learn.

This year, Liz Fraley asked me to join the Board of Directors as we take TC Camp to the next level, a true nonprofit event geared toward the education and advancement of the field of Technical Communications. As the new President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, I look forward to helping to make the upcoming TC Camp even better than it has been in the past. Let’s have another great camp this year!

Why I Attend TC Camp

By Jean Kaplansky, 2013 TC Camp attendee and presenter

Why were you a fan (or at least an attendee) of TC Camp?

I attended the first TC Camp because Liz Fraley invited me to hit the West Coast for some casual technical communication talk with like-minded people. Liz also asked me to teach an introduction to HTML5. How could I say no?

I’ve done presentations with Liz before, and we always have fun with stuff that is usually not fun, unless you go out of your way to make it fun. The point of TC Camp, as Liz explained it, is to bring fun into the technical conversation where everybody gets to have a say and everyone goes home a little smarter than when they arrived. The casual “un”conference approach is a welcome break from the usual work stuff.

What was your favorite part of TC Camp?

S’Mores? My favorite part was not knowing the agenda in advance, which allowed me to spontaneously choose which of the smaller conversations I thought I could contribute to. The big group session at the end of the day, with recaps from each of the smaller groups, provided a larger holistic context for the weekend.

What advice would you give someone attending for the first time?

Don’t be shy! You get back as much as you put in. You’ll really enjoy camp as an active participant.


And the survey says…

Based on the feedback we received, you all value the wrap up and hearing a little bit about all the fantastic sessions from TC Camp. But you want it to be fun, fast, and energized while being informative.

Well, it’s a pretty tall order, but we think we have something very fun for you at the end of the day for TC Camp 2015. Think game show with prizes and contestants and our very own TC Camp Game Show Host!

Camp Extras!

Tips and Tricks for TC Camp Participants

TC Camp is an unconference. As you might guess, an unconference is different from a conference. (Big surprise!) In particular, the participants define and drive the program. So, we get the conference we want.

How can you get the conference you want? Easy! Be an active participant. Suggest topics, facilitate sessions, take notes, and share your questions, answers, and experience. Now is a good time to start thinking about what you want from TC Camp and how you can help TC Camp to provide it.

Trail Mix

“…Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded…”

–Plato in Phaedrus (about 370 BCE)

Help Run TC Camp 2015

As you can see, volunteers are busy planning for TC Camp 2015. On January 24, 2015, we’ll need help setting up, organizing, and managing the event. Plan now to help. Let us know that you’ll help run TC Camp 2015 by emailing

And now for something completely different!

Wait, are those Chicken Nuggets or puppies??? Here are some fun time-wasting images of Dogs who look like something completely different!  Be sure to check out the one that looks like Chewbacca.