TC Camp Gazette #29


Are you traveling to the Bay Area to join us at TC Camp?

A fair number of you are coming from out of town. By now, I hope you have found accommodations – but if you haven’t, the closest hotels are the Avatar Hotel and the Marriott Santa Clara. Both are walking distance from Mission College, and we’ve gotten positive feedback about both of them.

A few folks have expressed interest in getting together for dinner Friday night. If you want to join us, send an e-mail to

How Will You Start 2015?

by Janice Summers

Are you resolved to make a difference?

How you begin a thing is just as important, if not more important, than how you finish it. Think of anygood story you’ve read. The very tone of the story is set by the opening lines.

Life does indeed imitate art. How you begin a journey sets the tone and lays the foundation for every following move. So, how will you begin 2015? Are you resolved to make a difference in your professional career? Build stronger relationships? Advance your knowledge in the field of Tech Pubs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to register for TC Camp now. There is still space available in the morning workshops, so make sure you reserve your seat!

Why I Attend TC Camp

By Wendy Shaffer, 2013 and 2014 TC Camp attendee

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

I really like the unconference format. It gives everyone a chance to contribute, and the sessions are often much more engaging than a typical conference talk.

What is your favorite part of TC Camp?

One of my favorite parts is when the session proposals go up for voting. It provides a really interesting snapshot of the variety of issues that technical communicators deal with on a day-to-day basis. It always gives me new things to think about.

Camp Extras!

Tips and tricks for TC Camp participants

By Wendy Shaffer, 2013 and 2014 TC Camp attendee

Get involved! Suggest a session, volunteer to be a note taker, or just share your ideas even if they seem half-baked. TC Camp is very much an event where you get out of it what you put into it.

Trail Mix

Actual apology from a client: Thank you very much for the detailed explanation of the attribute and its values and use. We understand our proposed use of the attribute with an alternate set of values is probably going to bite us later on.

Help Run TC Camp 2015

Here is your chance to give back to the community! Be a TC Camp Volunteer!!

A lot happens on the day of the event, and we will need plenty of 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!

Do you wonder if these wacky health trends from 2014 will continue in 2015? Eating charcoal and more!