Call for Proposals

We are accepting proposals for our 2015 conference, which is happening May 17-19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is Midnight PST on February 28.

Conference Goals

Write the Docs is an event for anyone who cares about documentation and wants to gather and learn from like-minded people, no matter their personal or professional background. Whether you’re a tech writer, programmer, designer, support technician, or something else entirely, come and share your tips, tricks, experiences, ideas, frustrations, hopes, and anything else that your passion for documentation inspires you to bring to the table.

Come be a part of this fantastic multi-disciplinary gathering of documentation artisans.

Topic Ideas

Although the general focus of Write the Docs is on documentation, there’s a strong emphasis on the software industry. Within that thematic scope, we love having wide-ranging content that will stretch people in new directions.

We encourage all levels to submit a talk. We welcome first time speakers as well as experienced. Talking about how things affect beginners or from a beginner point of view is just as important as a deep dive into a specific topic.

Some of our favorite talks are ones that make people see the world in a new way. Teaching entirely new ideas to others can be magical, and we are always delighted with the breadth of knowledge that our community brings together.

We love talks that deliver hard-earned knowledge based on real-world experience and research. Whether it’s a story about spreading the documentarian gospel in your company, or tips and tricks for writing, come share it with people who are eager to know.

We believe that tech writing and documentation don’t always get the respect and consideration they deserve. Come share the problems with documentation your company overcame, or how you ensure documentation is an organizational priority.

Below are some talks from past events that we feel really captured the spirit of Write the Docs:

  • Daniya Kamran — Translating Science into Poetry (abstract)
  • Kevin Hale — Getting Developers and Engineers to Write the Docs (abstract)
  • Matthew Butterick — Typography for Docs (abstract)
  • Kenneth Reitz — Documentation at Scale (abstract)
  • Heidi Waterhouse — The New Sheriff in Town: Bringing documentation out of chaos (abstact)

Presentation format

Presentations will be 30 minutes long. If you have specific length needs for your presentation, let us know and we can work with it.

Speaker Benefits and Logistics

If you are selected to speak at Write the Docs, we will waive your attendance fee. We regret that we are not able to cover the cost of travel or lodging for speakers at this time. By not covering travel costs for our speakers, we are able to keep ticket prices low and to make the conference accessible to the largest number of participants possible. If your proposal is accepted but you are unable to attend due to travel costs, however, please let us know and we will do what we can to help out.

Speaking at Write the Docs is a fantastic way to participate in the conference. Additionally, all those who submit a proposal but are not selected to speak will be able to register at the early bird registration price.

Proposal decisions will be sent by the middle of March.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at conf@writethedocs.org and let us know.

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