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Subject:PCOC program/registration info From:Karla McMaster <mcmaster%pcmail -dot- cti-pet -dot- com -at- CTI-PET -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 10 Sep 1996 08:20:52 EST
The East Tennessee Chapter of STC invites you to register for its
Practical Conference on Communication (PCOC, pronounced "peacock").
PCOC features presentations and workshops by editors, writers, designers,
managers, and educators on a variety of topics directed toward practical
This year marks the 20th anniversary of PCOC, which is the longest running
two-day regional conference in STC. To celebrate, the 20th PCOC is being
expanded to three days.
The first two days encompass topics ranging from writing and editing to
software demonstrations to resume and portfolio advice. The third day
focuses on freelancing, contracting, and independent consulting.
We invite you to join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary. We hope that
you will come to PCOC to learn, to meet people, and-above all-to have fun.
***If you would like to receive a preliminary program with registration
information, please send your mailing address to julieann -at- usit -dot- net and I
will put one in the mail immediately. Note: if you are an STC member in
Regions 2, 3, or 4, you should be receiving a copy of the preliminary
Some details about registration and an abbreviated version of the program
In addition to the presentations, registration for PCOC 20 entitles you to
two refreshment breaks and one full meal on each day (dinner and
entertainment on Thursday and lunches on Friday and Saturday) that you are
signed up to attend as well as a copy of the proceedings. Three-day
registration is $160 for STC members and $175 for nonmembers; two-day
registration is $125 for STC members and $140 for nonmembers; one-day
registration is $90 for STC members and $105 for nonmembers. Student
registration includes conference sessions and proceedings and is $25.
This year's conference site is the Knoxville Hilton in downtown Knoxville.
The Hilton offers a free airport shuttle to those participants who are
flying into Knoxville and free parking in an attached parking garage for
those who are driving.
Conference room rates at the Hilton are $82 per day for both singles and
doubles. To obtain the conference rate, please identify yourself as a PCOC
participant when you call 423-523-2300 or 1-800-445-8667 to make
reservations. To guarantee this rate, hotel reservations must be made by
The chapter will host a reception at the Hilton on Wednesday, October 16,
from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy this informal evening with fellow communicators.
The deadline for registration is October 10, 1996.
**Thursday, October 17**
Keynote by Jody Heiken, STC President
Jody H. Heikin, an associate fellow and a member of
the New Mexico Kachina chapter, is the STC President
for 1996-97. We are thrilled to have Jody come to
East Tennessee to kick off the first day of our
20th anniversary conference.
1A--The Art and Science of Author-Editor Relationships
Bonnie Nestor and E. Charles Crume, Jr.
1B--The Plug-and-Play Technical Communicator
1C--Software Demonstrations Panel
Hotel Text, Slice Feelers, and the California Special:
An Exploration of CorelCHART
Getting the Most Out of Word for Windows
2A--Changing the Way the Profession Communicates:
A Workshop for Prospective Journal Authors
2B--Shifting to On-line Manuals Panel
Moving Online: It's Never Too Late to Shift Your Paradigm
Nicholas Dorochoff, Jr.
The Road Not Taken:
Avoiding the Path to On-line Documentation Disaster
Breaking Boundaries: New Directions in Layout and Design
The Use of Graphics to Enhance Document Performance
2D--Resumes and Portfolios Panel
Designing and Using Your Professional Portfolio
Donald Samson, Jr.
3A--Putting Your Company on the Web: You Can Help Them Do It Right!
Charles Breuninger, Heather Fox, and Michael Mahoney
3B--Strategies for Expanding Your Team's Role
3C--Educational Opportunities in Technical Communication
Representatives from several colleges discuss their technical communication
3D--Management Issues Panel
COTS: The New Challenge of Information Integration
Donald Lenk, Jr.
How to Produce an Enforceable Documentation Style and Template Guide
Donald Le Vie, Jr.
**Friday, October 18**
Keynote by David Armbruster
David Armbruster is an STC fellow, Society past president, and East
Tennessee Chapter past president. David will kick off the second day of
PCOC with a presentation about information and our changing roles as
technical communicators. He will also share some long-forgotten facts about
1A--Making the most of the STC Experience as a Student
Young Kim (Session leader)
Everything You Wanted to Know About HTML Coding, But Were Afraid to Ask
Analyzing SGML for the Workplace
1C--Advanced On-line Development Panel
In-House Multimedia for Technical Writers
Jamie Clark and Michelle Ratcliffe
A Help System Named Desire
Elithe Carnes and Paula Dvorak
The "Green" Technical Communicator: Environmental Options for Producing
Conflict Management for Technical Communicators
The Communication Roles of Science and Technology Libraries
2A--Hey, Kids! Become An Author At Home In Your Spare Time and Earn Big Bucks!!
2B--Software Documentation Panel
The Value of Prototypes in Your Document Development Process
Performance-Related Needs: The Foundation of Performance Support
Assessment, Design, and Development
Glitz, Design, and the Next Generation: Power Point-This Is Not Your
Do You See What I See? Graphical Applications in Technical Communications
3A--Indexing 101 Workshop:Generating Usable Index Entries
3B--Writing a Winning Book Proposal
3C--Visual Interpretation of Complex Data
Favorite Technical Communication Tools
Bring the title or a copy of your favorite technical communication resource
to share in this open discussion. Resources could include books, software,
or Web sites.
**Saturday, October 19**
Keynote by Fred O'Hara
Fred O'Hara, STC fellow from the East Tennessee Chapter,
will launch this special, third day of PCOC. Fred's
experience as an independent consultant, a veteran speaker,
and an STC member will make for a memorable keynote address.
1A--New Ways of Doing the Same Old Business
Karen Steele and Judy Glick-Smith
1B--Growing Your Business
1C--Captive or Freelance: What's Your Pleasure?
Karen Steele and Judy Glick-Smith
Flo Wolfe Sharp
2C--Conflicts Inherent in Consulting
3A--HTML/Web Authoring from an Independent Perspective
3B--Issues for Experienced Consultants
Karen Steele and Judy Glick-Smith
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