Welcome to the TC Dojo

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

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

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What is the TC Dojo?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for writing professionals. 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.

The TC Dojo is a public service project and community resource. Topics are chosen by vote. Community members can vote and revote as their interests shift over time. There's never any charge to attend live or to watch the recordings.

In the great tradition of the way, we invite visiting experts who will share actual lived experiences. The skills we need as writing professionals extend beyond the intuitive and we all have things we can learn from each other.

Why call it a dojo?

The TC Dojo follows the tradition of the dōjō (道場 dōjō?), a “place for immersive learning or meditation.” When we created the imagery we did extensive research so that we would be as faithful as possible to the historic and cultural traditions and intent behind them. There are specific ways dojos are constructed, laid out, and arranged, and we made sure that we had all the elements incorporated into the images. The drawings reflect the Japanese minimalist architectural style. Minimalism is an important practice in technical and professional communications. When we train, we regularly show images of architecture, art, and music from many different traditions and cultures when we’re explaining the concept of minimalism. In this great tradition of the way, the TC Dojo serves as a place of learning for technical and professional communicators.

Who will you find here?

The TC Dojo invites a wide variety of presenters, from backgrounds, traditions, cultures, education, and teachings. We select speakers from the greater TPC community who are willing to share their expertise on the topics voted on by the community.

While you may find a #techcomm celebrity personality here, you're just as likely to find someone who doesn't actively seek the spotlight. We all have things we can learn from each other and that we can all apply in our everyday practice. If a vendor appears, they must teach something first and show their product second. Our staff may do one or two sessions a year but it's usually when life intervenes and we have a last minute cancellation to fill. We never accept money in exchange for a speaking opportunity.

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

14 October 2021

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

28 October 2021

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In November…

Work Yourself out of Your Job (And Advance Your Career in the Process)

Have you ever felt like your workday is consumed by chores? Have you ever considered taking a vacation day so that you can get some real work done? You're not alone. Most of us inherit a kind of “technical debt” when we start a new role. In this discussion, Seth will confront this reality and provide strategies for how to pay down the technical debt so that you can focus on what matters and invest reclaimed energy into your professional growth.

1 November 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

4 November 2021

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

18 November 2021

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In December…

Frameworks to Manage your Technical Communication Career

Concerned about remaining relevant as a technical communicator? Does climbing the career ladder seem irrelevant in the age of flat organizations and job hopping? Saul Carliner will introduce you to an alternative approach for managing careers: career frameworks. This approach provides a framework for remaining relevant and employable in the long-term. Real-world examples presented in the session help you apply career frameworks into your own planning.

6 December 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

9 December 2021

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

22 December 2021

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In the TC Dojo

DITA Conref Push: The Other Transclude

On October 4th, Stan Doherty was in the TC Dojo to talk about conref push. He talked about why it's useful, when to use it, and how to add conref push to your toolbox without needing to stock up on Band-Aids.

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Archives

After all these years, we've had a lot of sessions. Use the search or browse through one of the archive categories:

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Soft Skills: The Missing Ingredient to Career Success

Jack Molisani, Prospring Staffing and Lavacon

Acing your Techcomm Interview

Andrew Davis, Synergistech

Techniques for keeping up in your profession

Panel: Yvonne Wade-Sanchez, Andrew Davis, Max Hoffmann, Richard Mateosian, Liz Fraley

If you're curious, in our iconography we honor the Akido, Banshay, Gatka, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Kalari, Kalaripayattu, Krabi, and Samurai traditions, as well as the legendary Indian teacher and philosopher, Chanakya, who was considered a great thinker. We are currently updating the imagery to be more responsible to the community.