Schedule

Schedule

Write the Docs is more than a conference. Each year we organize a wide range of events so that people can come together, collaborate, and learn from each other in different ways.

Saturday, May 13

The only event scheduled on Saturday is the annual hike to Pittock Mansion. If you get into town early, join us on the hike and take the chance to explore Portland in all of its glory.

The hike starts at 2pm on Saturday.

Sunday, May 14

The Writing Day, Workshops, & Reception will be held at Crystal Ballroom located at 1332 W Burnside St.

During the day, we’ll hold our Writing Day documentation sprints, followed by the conference reception in the evening. We also have two half-day workshops running in parallel with the writing day.

We encourage everyone to drop by on Sunday evening for the conference reception. You’ll have a chance to get acquainted with each other over some drinks and snacks. We’ll also help groups organize dinner plans, so you can continue your conversations over more substantial food as well.

Writing Day Schedule (Free for attendees)

Learn more about Writing Day.

8:30

Doors Open, Breakfast Served

9:30

Writing Day Introduction - Introduction to Sprints & Project Introductions

10:00

Team up and start working

12:30

Lunch Break

18:00

End of Writing Day, Beginning of Reception

20:30

End of Reception

Workshop Schedule (Paid tickets)

Learn more about the workshops.

8:30

Doors Open, Breakfast Served

9:00

Workshop begins: Learn how to Git

12:30

Workshop ends: Learn how to Git. Lunch Break

13:30

Workshop begins: Structuring and writing documentation

17:00

Workshop ends: Structuring and writing documentation

Monday, May 15

The main conference will take place at the Crystal Ballroom located at 1332 W Burnside St.

This is the main event! Hear from lots of interesting folks about all things documentation.

Main Stage

8:00

Doors Open, Breakfast Served

9:00

Eric Holscher - Introduction & State of the Docs

9:20

Conversations about Eric's talk

9:30

Switch Speakers

9:40

Kate Voss - Error Messages: Being Humble, Human, and Helpful will make users Happy

10:00

Conversations about Kate's talk

10:10

Switch Speakers

10:20

Tom Johnson - Building navigation for your doc site: 5 best practices

10:40

Conversations about Tom's talk

10:50

Snack break

11:10

Amelia Abreu - Caring Systems: Documentation as care

11:30

Conversations about Amelia's talk

11:40

Switch Speakers

11:50

Christy Lutz - You have already succeeded: Design critique guidelines make feedback easier.

12:20

Lunch

13:20

Lightning Talks

13:50

Switch Speakers

14:00

Ryan Pitts & Lindsay Muscato - No Community Members Were Harmed in the Making of This Doc Sprint

14:30

Switch Speakers

14:40

Lyzi Diamond - Testing: it's not just for code anymore

15:10

Snack break

15:30

Andrea Longo - Do you know a runbook from a flip book? How sysadmins use documentation

16:00

Switch Speakers

16:10

Ruthie BenDor - Even Naming This Talk Is Hard

16:40

Switch Speakers

16:50

Matthew Buttler - Only Interesting Conversations: The symbiotic relationship between docs and support

17:20

Group Photo

17:30

Day 1 close

19:00

Official Conference Party @ JackKnife

22:00

End of Official Conference Party

Lola’s Room

Unconference from 1pm-5pm, these run in parallel to the main talks.

Monday Night - Party

The party will start at 7pm. It will be at the Jackknife at 614 SW 11th Ave.

The party is for conference attendees only. Please bring your badge, as it is an official conference event.

There will be light dinner and drinks available on the conference while our tab lasts.

Tuesday, May 16

The talks will take place at the Crystal Ballroom located at 1332 W Burnside St.

Main Stage

8:00

Doors Open, Breakfast Served

9:00

Kenzie Woodbridge - Everyone's a player (in a mid-90s MUD)

9:30

Switch Speakers

9:40

Jodie Putrino - Treating documentation like code: a practical account

10:10

Switch Speakers

10:20

Sam Faktorovich - Interviewing and hiring technical writers: the Siberian way

10:50

Snack break

11:10

Ingrid Towey - The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdsourcing Minimalism in an Open Organization

11:40

Switch Speakers

11:50

Sarah Hersh - Start with the tasks, not the endpoints

12:20

Lunch

13:20

Lightning Talks

13:50

Switch Speakers

14:00

Jesse Seldess - Bootstrapping Docs at a Startup

14:30

Switch Speakers

14:40

Carl Parker - Intelligent Documents and the Verifiability Crisis in Science, Tech Writing, and Life

15:10

Switch Speakers

15:20

Lightning Talks

15:50

Closing Announements

16:00

Day 2 close. Feel free to hang out and enjoy some snacks.

18:30

Write the Docs meetup social and conference after-party @ New Relic

21:00

End of meetup social

Lola’s Room

Unconference from 9am-3pm, these run in parallel to the main talks.

Tuesday Night - Social

The after-conference social will start at 6:30pm. It will be hosted at New Relic’s office, 111 SW 5th Ave, #2700 (on the 27th floor).

This event is open to the public. There will be light snacks and drinks available.

Say Goodbye

Say goodbye to all your new and amazing friends. We’ll see you in Prague in September, or again in North America next year :)