Session Matrix – TC Camp 2018

This year we had 4 sessions each with 6 different discussions. Every discussion required a scribe and a facilitator. Scribes keep the notes and facilitators keep the conversation focused and make sure that everyone gets a chance to talk.  Both get special merit badges for their extra efforts!

Scribe notes are used during Camp Minimalist, at the end of the day, and saved here so you can access them later. These notes preserve not only what you learned, but give you access to what everyone else learned too!

Notes for each discussion have been posted to the individual session pages.


  1. Pre-Camp API Workshop
  2. Adobe Workshop
  3. Chatbots
  4. Minimalism
  5. WordPress/SEO

Unconference Session #1 – Notes

  1. Chatbots
  2. Implementing open source documentation
  3. Techniques to interview SMEs to get info for the doc
  4. TechPubs metrics that are meaningful for business / Why do tech writers have such a low perceived value?
  5. Building an online portfolio
  6. Your favorite authoring tools (and why)

Unconference Session #2 – Notes

  1. API documentation practices
  2. Cyber security and the role of documentation
  3. Video/Audio – when are they better than print?
  4. Freelancing
  5. DITA, lightweight DITA, and markdown
  6. Best practices for documentation navigation

Unconference Session #3 – Notes

  1. Improving search in technical content / WordPress-SEO
  2. Complex doc systems with Markdown and Git / Markdown for techcomm
  3. Instructional design for tech writers / eLearning and the role of documentation
  4. Securing remote tech writing work
  5. Tools for documenting REST APIs / Breaking into API documentation
  6. Ways to simplify complexity

Unconference Session #4 – Notes

  1. Minimalism
  2. Documentation for the Internet of things (IoT)
  3. Getting user feedback
  4. Future of DITA / Content reuse mechanisms in DITA
  5. Career paths after tech writing
  6. Writers and product usability