Welcome to the TC Dojo


From the creators, producers, and host of Arbortext Monster Garage and TC Camp!


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Exclusive, member-driven discussion of the topics on your mind today

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Advance your professional and authoritative skills


A new twist on the typical web session, where you select the topics

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What is TC Dojo?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo.

Why call it a dojo?

dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way“. Typically, it is the place for learning and practicing a martial art form. We decided to borrow this theme and apply it to the practice and learning for the art of Technical Communication.

What will we cover?

Ever wish they were talking about what you cared about? Now is your chance at the TC Dojo.

Topics range from developing skill sets to specific tool use to solving advanced complex challenges.

How does it work?

There are three ways to learn at the Dojo

Open Sessions

Free General Audience Sessions – For Technical Communications professionals at every level.

We cover a wide range of topics appropriate for a wide range of practitioners from the beginner to the advanced.

Session Topics are selected by the attendees and can cover anything of concern to Technical Communications professionals such as architectural design, analysis, technology, or even tools.

What is important to you?

Mastermind Session

Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels trying to solve an issue? How valuable would it be for you to have a sounding board?

The Mastermind sessions are unique learning opportunities where members talk about real time issues they are solving and share ideas for possible solutions. Chances are if you are facing something, someone has gone before you or they are in the same place.

Masterminds meet once a month for an hour. These are Members-Only sessions

Private Mentoring

Ever have one of those questions that is too big for the mailing list but not big enough to engage a consultant over? Working through one of our books and want help from the author?

Our TC Dojo Mentoring Sessions are for anyone who needs some one-on-one time with an expert who can focus on you–your specific situation, needs, and questions.

Private mentoring sessions are perfect for lone writers and individuals responsible to a bigger team. Private mentoring sessions are all about you.

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Upcoming Events

Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 22 November 2017
  • Cost: Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 4 December 2017
  • Cost: Free

“Changing the default templates in Arbortext Editor”

In this webinar, I’ll show you how you can change the default doctype Template and Sample so it’s more representative of the content that you actually write. In the Arbortext Editor File->New dialog, you get the option to choose a Sample or Template for any doctype. These come out of the box, but can be changed. Custom doctypes can also create these to speed writers on their way. I’ll explain the difference between them and show you how to change them so they fit your information. This webinar assumes you have followed best practices and set up your custom directory according to Arbortext 101. Make your workflow process simple! Less work is good for everyone!

TC Dojo Master-in-Residence: Elizabeth Fraley

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TC Dojo Conclave

  • When: 18 December 2017
  • Cost: Conclave Members Only

The Conclave is where you can learn and grow the skills, techniques, strategies, you need to climb the ladder or go out on your own.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 12 December 2017
  • Cost: TC General Mastermind Members Only

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 20 December 2017
  • Cost: Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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Recently in the TC Dojo

Here’s what you missed:

TC Dojo Open Session

6 November 2017

“From Open Source Volunteer to Full-Time Tech Writer”

In this talk, I describe a little bit about what open source software is and how I used my volunteer experience as an Apache Taverna committer to become a technical writer at Facebook. I describe the tangible and intangible skills I gained, as well as how I got noticed when the primary communication channel was a mailing list, and no one knew who I was.

Visiting TC Dojo MasterGale Naylor, Facebook

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