Join STC Florida for 2023

We would love to have you as a member of the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication this year! We look forward to an exciting year and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we offer. As STC Florida leaders, we have all enjoyed the opportunity to grow as technical communicators and make connections with other people like you in the profession.

We typically hold monthly educational meetings, typically on the third Thursday of each month online. All of these events benefit our community and promote a strong camaraderie among our members. You can view our upcoming events and additional resources here on our website. We want to make sure you are aware of all the Florida chapter membership benefits available:

  • Reduced educational program meeting fees ($5 instead of $15 for educational programs)
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Job listings
  • Networking with a variety of technical communicators
  • And more!

If you are joining or renewing, please select the Florida chapter as your community for all of these benefits. When you are signing up or renewing your membership, make sure you scroll down and check the box for the Florida chapter! It will not be checked by default even if you are already a member. By checking that box, you become a member of our chapter when you sign up or renew your membership. We hope to speak with you at one of our meetings!

STC Florida Leadership Retreat 2023

Have you been looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and get more involved with the STC Florida chapter? Come to our annual Leadership Retreat on July 29! This event is free for STC Florida members who are looking to take an active role in the chapter for the coming year or friends of the chapter looking to share ideas.

This free event is open to all STC Florida members and volunteers who are interested in taking on a leadership role in the chapter. At the retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from experienced leaders
  • Network with other members of the community
  • Brainstorm new ideas and projects
  • Develop your leadership skills

RSVP is coming soon! For the first time since 2019, this event will be hybrid, with the ability to attend in-person in Orlando or online through Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Event Timing: July 29, 10:00-2:00pm
Event Address: ENG2 0205 on the University of Central Florida Campus and on Zoom

We are eager to engage with student members, recent graduates, and veteran chapter members alike. The summer Leadership Retreat serves as a time to review our the previous year’s activities to see what we can improve. We also consider this the kick-off meeting for the upcoming year’s activities. We hope this event will be fun, interactive, and productive for everyone who attends. In addition to our planned chapter business, we have time for discussion, brainstorming, and leadership development activity.

We will be sending further details to attendees following registration on the event including the agenda, meeting information for virtual attendees, parking, and directions to the meeting room.

Hurricane Ian Fundraiser for UCF Students

Hurricane Ian had a devastating effect on Florida, and many UCF students’ lives were seriously disrupted. Some students were displaced from their homes.

Our chapter has always celebrated our close ties to the UCF community, and we want to do our part to support the students now. In lieu of meeting fees for our October chapter meeting, we ask that you donate the amount you are comfortable with to UCF’s Emergency Relief Fund for Students. For our UCF students, this donation is a small way for us to honor all of you!

Donations will provide immediate relief for UCF students or employees who are housing and food insecure, or who need emergency funding to get through temporary difficulties. Every dollar will be matched up to $25,000 by Carrie Daanen ’92 Chair of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors. 

If you would like to donate to this fund instead of paying the regular meeting fee, go ahead and donate any amount you choose. Once you’ve donated, email and (if you feel comfortable doing so) let us know how much you contributed. Even if you don’t plan to attend the meeting, UCF, its students, and our chapter will greatly appreciate all donations!

If you would like to pay the regular meeting fee instead of donating now, go ahead and pay through PayPal following our standard process. (You can always donate to the emergency relief fund  later.) As always, meetings are free for students. 

September Tool Tips Meeting

The STC Florida chapter will host a tech comm tools meeting on September 22 at 6:30 pm EST. We know many of our chapter members use various tools every day and have picked up a variety of useful shortcuts and best practices. We are looking for people to join us for a short presentation on tips and tricks for a software application you use at work. For example, if you use Arbortext, Microsoft Project, or anything that helps you complete the tasks needed for your job, please join us to give a mini-presentation (10-15 minutes). We currently have speakers for MadCap Flare and Snagit. 

Please fill out the form below by Wednesday, August 31, if you are interested in sharing your knowledge and perspective. Presenters will need a webcam and microphone. We ask that all presenters prepare a few slides or screen share to walk through tips for attendees. Networking begins at 6:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, and presentations start at 7:00.