Convince Your Manager

Convince Your Manager

Do you need help justifying why your employer should send you to Write the Docs? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Based on the experiences of some of our previous attendees, we’ve put together a sample email and list of resources below. Feel free to adapt and share with your manager to show them the many benefits of attending!

Sample email

Remember to change the things in [brackets]!


FROM: [your name]

TO: [your employer or manager’s name]

SUBJECT: Professional Development: Documentation Community Conference

I’d like to attend Write the Docs in Portland, 19-21 May 2019. This three-day event explores the art and science of documentation, and covers a diverse range of topics related to documentation in the software industry.

Write the Docs conferences bring together everyone who writes the docs – Tech Writers, Developers, Developer Relations, Customer Support – making the events an ideal networking opportunity. Each conference successfully combines a number of different event formats to deliver engaging, practical, and timely content.

There is a single track of talks, a parallel unconference event, and a community writing day. The sessions from 2018 will give you a good idea of the kinds of topics covered, many of which are relevant to my work.

Costs:

  • Conference ticket (includes breakfast and lunch) - $500
  • Travel – [fill in with estimate]
  • Accommodation – – [fill in with estimate]

Benefits:

  • Discovering solutions to problems I’m facing at work
  • Exposure to the latest ideas, techniques, and tools for software docs
  • Opportunity to learn from the best doc teams in the industry
  • Building professional connections with other documentarians

Thanks in advance, [your name]


Resources

When discussing how to pitch the conference, a few generally helpful tips emerged:

  • Highlight a few specific talks that relate to ongoing projects at work. (This one’s dependent on pitching after the talk line up has been announced).
  • If your company is looking to hire another documentarian, the job fair and networking at the event are an excellent resource.
  • Don’t forget that one of the benefits to your attendance is that it raises the visibility of your company in the community. If your team wants a reputation for caring about their docs, having people at Write the Docs is a great way to do that.

In addition, it can be useful to share some info about previous conferences. You can find the websites for previous events on Conferences, and a quick list of last year’s talks down below. But perhaps more useful might be some of the info in our Press Kit, which includes community testimonials, photos, and more.

List of talks from 2018

  • Facebook, Dynamite, Uber, Bombs, and You by Lana Brindley
  • Responsive Content - Presenting Your information On Any Device by Mike Hamilton
  • The Art of Consistency - Creating an inhouse style guide by Kristine Sihto
  • UX writing - Let your product speak by Abhay Chokshi
  • Making Yourself Redundant on Day One - Internal documentation to teach the next hire what you’ve learned by Alexandra Perkins
  • Workshop - Tech Writing 101 by Sarah Maddox
  • Good Code, Bad Code & Code Review by Matthew Borden
  • The subtle art of interrogation by Nicola Nye
  • Creating experiences with information! by Daniel Stevens
  • Backseat Content Strategy by Laura Bailey
  • Power up your support team to create better documentation by Mathew Patterson
  • Workshop - Let’s create a Style Guide! by Sara Marek
  • Workshop - Static Site Generators, What, Why and How by Jessica Parsons