Example talk proposal title

Example talk proposal title

Substitute a catchy title that promises practical lessons


This is the content that Write the Docs would post on the conference schedule. To evaluate the quality of your proposal, the proposal committee also takes into account all of the other information that you provide.

Include a brief story, typically two to four paragraphs, that describes your personal work experience with the topic. Make sure the abstract appeals to our audience of documentarians. We’re suspicious of proposals that look like they belong at other conferences.

Include a list of things that our audience can learn from your talk, such as:

  • Lessons that the audience can apply in their own work
  • Things that audiences should research further
  • Spoilers that provide details about the talk

Help your audience think: “Oh yes, this talk could help me when I do X in my work!”

Avoid walls of text. We recommend that you limit your proposal to a maximum of 300 words. If your proposal is accepted, this is what the audience will see in the program when they preview your talk.

Who and Why

Use this opportunity to show the selection committee that you empathize with your audience. Help them think: “Oh yes, this talk could help me when I do X in my work!”

Our audience creates documentation primarily for software. Given the variety of tools used for software documentation, we rarely accept talks that focus on a specific software tool or set of tools. Talks that discuss tools should also discuss the wider context, applications, and implications of implementing the tools.

Our audience goes beyond the technical writing community. Here’s a typical demographic distribution of people who attend our conferences:

  • Technical Writers (60%)
  • Developers (10%)
  • Support Staff (10%)
  • Managers (10%)
  • Community Contributors, Enthusiasts & Other Folks (10%)

Only the proposal committee will see the information that you include here.

Other Information

Based on your background, use this section to describe your qualifications to the selection committee.

We welcome talks from first-time speakers, from industry experts, and from everyone in between. Whatever your background and experience, we prefer hearing about new approaches rather than about tried-and-tested technology. We especially welcome talks from underrepresented groups within the tech community.

We’ve accepted talks from people who work in a variety of roles, including:

  • Writers
  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Testers
  • Support
  • Developer advocates
  • Community managers
  • Scientists
  • Librarians
  • Teachers