May 22 - 24, 2016 in Portland, Oregon


Thanks to everyone who made this year another wonderful event. We’re so grateful to our sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and attendees for making the conference possible.

We have posted the videos and photos from the conference for those who couldn’t attend. Hopefully they allow you to bask in the beauty of the event from the comfort of your own chair.

We hope you’ll join us in Prague in September, or again in Portland next year!

About the conference

We invite you to join 400 other folks for a three-day event to explore the art and science of documentation. The conference covers any topic related to documentation in the software industry. Past talks have also covered such diverse topics as empathy, the history of math symbols, and using emoji to keep your users’ attention.

Write the Docs brings everyone who writes the docs together in the same room: Writers, Developers, Support Folks. We all have things to learn from each other, and there’s no better way than sitting together and talking.

The main presentation track takes place from May 23-24 (Monday and Tuesday) from 9am to 6pm. We will return to the historic Crystal Ballroom, centrally located in the heart of Portland. During the main event we also run a Unconference, downstairs in Lola’s Room.

You can find out more information about the venue and its accessibility on our Venue page.




Tickets are sold out. Thanks to everyone who bought them!

Ticket includes:

  • Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch on both Conference Days
  • Reception and Party that will have light snacks, and free drinks.
  • Wifi throughout the event
  • Meeting lots of fantastic people in a spacious, inviting venue.

Corporate Tickets

Purchase this ticket if a company is paying for your attendance. Companies interested in sponsorship can also receive tickets to the conference with a sponsorship package.

  • $300 Corporate Early Bird - Sold Out
  • $350 Corporate

Independent Tickets

Purchase this ticket if you are paying for yourself, work at a non-profit, or at a company with less than 10 employees.

  • $150 Independent Early Bird - Sold Out
  • $200 Independent

Student or Unemployed

Purchase this ticket if you are currently enrolled as a student, or don’t currently have a source of income.

  • $75 Student or Unemployed Tickets

Financial Assistance

If you can’t afford these prices and still wish to attend, please email us at Being a community event that keeps prices low, we can only offer discounted ticket prices, and not travel or hotel assistance.

Lodging and Travel

We don’t have an official conference hotel, but there are many options for staying in downtown Portland, and the city offers many methods of getting around.


Write the Docs is more than a conference. Each year we organize a wide bunch of events so that people can meet, collaborate, and learn from each other.

This year, we have events planned all day on Sunday, the day before the conference, and our annual hike will take place on Saturday afternoon. Our Sunday events include our Writing Day documentation sprints during the day, and our conference reception in the evening.

The main conference event will be held May 23-24th, during the day. We will be holding unconference sessions after lunch both days of the events, downstairs from the main stage, in Lola’s Room. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in on the unconference.

You can see the full schedule on the Schedule page.


We are seeking corporate partners to help us create the best conference possible. Contact us at for more information on sponsoring Write the Docs.

This year’s conference is graciously brought to you by the following companies:

Write the Docs is also helped out by companies that give their employees time to work on the conference. Write the Docs is produced by:


Write the Docs NA is put on by the following lovely group of folks:

Write-Ups From the Community

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