• Welcome to the TC Dojo
    From the creators, producers, and host of Arbortext Monster Garage and TC Camp!
  • Looking for the Master series?
    Exclusive, member-driven discussions of the topics on your mind today

How does it work?

There are three ways to learn at the Dojo: Open Sessions, Master Series, and Private Sessions.

TC Dojo Public Sessions

TC Dojo Public Sessions

TC Dojo Open Sessions

Free General Audience Sessions
For students at every level.

In this Dojo, we cover a wide range of topics appropriate for a wide range of practitioners from the beginner to the advanced. Look for the code key:

  • B - Beginner
  • I - Intermediate
  • A - Advanced

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

Vote on upcoming sessions ›

The sessions run for only 30 minutes and meet once a month.

We may increase the frequency depending on audience interest and demand. However, we will always keep these sessions short and to the point.

TC Dojo Master Series

TC Dojo Master Series

TC Dojo Master Series

How much time, effort and money is it costing you to keep struggling to learn how to implement, grow, and transform your content by yourself?

These member only sessions meet once a month. The focus in the master session is to delve deeper into solving complex issues in real time amongst a small group of peers.

Sessions run 45 minutes once a month. The forum is open discussion with a moderator and a scribe. There is a fee to join the Master Series.

TC Dojo Master Series

One-on-One time with a Master

TC Dojo Private Sessions

Private sessions are one-on-one time between you and one of the TC Dojo masters where you can ask questions and get advice on issues specific to you.

TC Dojo Masters can advise on everything from constructing metrics and arguing for resources to C-level executives to data reuse strategies to down-and-dirty coding tips to meet specific output feature requirements. The subject of a private session is up to you.

Request a private session ›

Private sessions are handled through the Advisory Line. Sessions can run from a few minutes to a few hours and the cost varies. Compare options ›

Upcoming Sessions

  • TC Dojo Monthly Master Series Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Master Series Members Only

    Get that networking experience you need in a virtual discussion group environment!

    The Master Series provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment with visiting experts and fellow Master Series Members. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences. Present your specific challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    Become a member ›

    Unhappy customers are Just the Beginning: Potential Business Costs of Skimping on Documentation

    Joseph Devney, Visiting Dojo Master

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Audience: B - Beginner
    • Cost: Free

    A perennial question in the technical communication community is how to justify our work in financial terms that management will understand. One partial answer is to consider potential consequences of putting insufficient resources into technical documentation. What happens if the material is poorly written, or not written at all? Consequences can range from unhappy customers to wasted employee time to debilitating lawsuits—and worse. Joseph Devney uses statistics and real-life examples to illustrate some of the risks of having inadequate documentation.

    Joseph Devney, M.A., is an STC Fellow and president of the Berkeley chapter. He has seen his share of bad documentation, and done his best to improve it. Joe has been a guest speaker at several STC chapters and for other organizations, and taught document design at San Francisco State University

    Register ›
  • Unhappy customers are Just the Beginning: Potential Business Costs of Skimping on Documentation

    Joseph Devney, Visiting Dojo Master

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Audience: B - Beginner
    • Cost: Free

    A perennial question in the technical communication community is how to justify our work in financial terms that management will understand. One partial answer is to consider potential consequences of putting insufficient resources into technical documentation. What happens if the material is poorly written, or not written at all? Consequences can range from unhappy customers to wasted employee time to debilitating lawsuits—and worse. Joseph Devney uses statistics and real-life examples to illustrate some of the risks of having inadequate documentation.

    Joseph Devney, M.A., is an STC Fellow and president of the Berkeley chapter. He has seen his share of bad documentation, and done his best to improve it. Joe has been a guest speaker at several STC chapters and for other organizations, and taught document design at San Francisco State University

    Register ›

    TC Dojo Monthly Master Series Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Master Series Members Only

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Master Series provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the Master Series Virtual Discussion Group ›

    Bringing Reusability to Your Stylesheets

    • TC Dojo Arbortext Edition
    • Audience: B - Beginner
    • Cost: Free

    We go to XML publishing for a lot of reasons. One of which is to achieve reusability of our information: Write it Once, Use it Anywhere. Often, beginning stylesheet developers will do a lot of repeated style coding to achieve desired output results. This style duplication, like information duplication, makes stylesheets difficult to maintain. Styler makes it easy to avoid this costly maintenance mistake by adding property sets and user formatting elements to your styling toolbox. In this session, we'll talk about how to use property sets to make your styling more uniform and easy to maintain.

    Register ›
  • TC Dojo Open Session: Voting in Progress!

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Audience: B - Beginner
    • Cost: Free

    Session topics are chosen by you! Vote for what you want to learn about.

    Vote ›

    TC Dojo Monthly Master Series Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Master Series Members Only

    A single conversation among a small group of peers. Attendees present their challenges and solicit advice in a confidential supportive environment with other Master Series Members who are going through, or who have gone through, the same thing!

    Become a member ›
  • TC Dojo Open Session: Voting in Progress!

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Audience: B - Beginner
    • Cost: Free

    Session topics are chosen by you! Vote for what you want to learn about.

    Vote ›

    TC Dojo Monthly Master Series Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Master Series Members Only

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Master Series provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the Master Series Virtual Discussion Group ›

    TC Camp 2015!

    • On-Site
    • Audience: ALL
    • Cost: $30 workshops/FREE unconference

    TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

    The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local bay area conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

    Come to Camp ›
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