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!
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 Melbourne, which takes place December 3-4, 2020, online. This three-day online 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 last year will give you a good idea of the kinds of topics covered, many of which are relevant to my work.
- Conference ticket (includes breakfast and lunch) - $150
- 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]
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 2019¶
- Paris Buttfield-Addison – Making interactive narrative storytelling accessible to everyone
- Payal Dhiman – Being a user’s documentarian: Studying user’s behavior and then defining a strategy for documentation.
- Rachel Robins – Supercharge your writing process with a designer’s toolkit
- Alexander Koren – Rethinking Release Notes
- Nithya Krishnan – Minimal Viable Product - What does this mean for user documentation
- Riona MacNamara – Knowledge Is Power: Documentation as a tool for equity and inclusion
- Fraser Mitchell – Through the looking glass - how user testing can give technical writers better perspective
- Akhil Behl – Your First Book - Doesn’t have to be rocket science!
- Leticia Mooney – The amazing, fantastic human bias that makes you bang your head on your desk
- Alec Clews – Creating API documentation for international communities
- Elle Geraghty – Information architecture for documentation
- Cameron Shorter – TheGoodDocsProject - Doc Fixit
- Sarah Maddox – Kubeflow open source docs need your help!
- Becky Todd – Git the Docs - A fun, hands-on introduction to version control
- Sarah Maddox – Tech Writing 101 Workshop