Contests for Technical Communication

Subject: Contests for Technical Communication
From: Michelle Lynch <milynch2000 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 14:32:08 -0800 (PST)

Coming out of lurk mode...

I was an apprentice judge for an STC contest a few
years ago. I was given this position ("apprentice")
because I didn't have any professional tech writing
experience - just education. I was assigned to a group
of experienced tech writers and we rated hardware
technical documents from HP, Apple and Sun.

It was a great experience for me. We were given a list
of criteria, and had to give a rating as well as an
explanation for each category. It was a good exercise
in working with other tech writers, following
directions, writing, and giving objective/constructive

I am happy to say that this experience jumpstarted my
career. The woman that ran the competition referred me
to my first tech writing job.

That's how I broke in!! Or maybe that's another

OK - back to lurkville.


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