May 22 - 24, 2016 in Portland, Oregon

Writing Day

This year, Write the Docs will have a new Writing Day, modeled after the concept of sprints from the open source world. The idea is simple: to get a bunch of interesting people in a room together and have them work towards shared goals.

To make the most out of the Writing Day, we recommend that you either come with a project, or be ready and willing to contribute to someone else’s project.

Here are some examples of projects that you might want to work on:

  • Open source software documentation
  • General documentation writing
  • Best practices manual (For your company, or the world)
  • Blog posts
  • Tips and tricks
  • Great works of fiction
  • Love letters
  • The Documentarian Manifesto

You get the idea.

All this adds up to a room full of smart people sharing your problems, your passion, and your goals. So be ready to learn some new things and to teach others what you know.

Even if you feel as though you don’t know that much, we know you have a lot to offer. Come surprise yourself with how much you can share.


Please bring a computer or some other mechanism with which to create written words.

We’ll be creating and editing content, so make sure that you have the tools you need to contribute.

  • Date & Time: Sunday, May 22th, 9am-6pm, with the conference opening reception in the same space until 9, so feel free to keep working longer!
  • Location: For the second year, CENTRL Office coworking space is hosting our writing day. They are located at 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209.


  • 9am Venue opening
  • 9:30 Morning introduction - Introduction to Sprints, project introductions
  • 10:00 Team up and start writing
  • ~12:30 Lunch Break
  • 6:00 Official end of the Sprints, but we have the space til 9, so keep on working!
  • 6:00 Official start of the Reception – In the same venue as the sprints
  • 9:00 End of the Reception. Go get some sleep and get ready for Day 1 of the conference!

Documenting a new project?

Check out our beginners guide to writing documentation. This should help you get started, and give you some ideas for how you can contribute to a project that you love.


We have some suggestions for projects that you can work on during the Writing Day. If you’d like to add your own project to the list, you can email us. Better yet, submit a pull request.

Write the Docs Website

We have a website for our community, but it kinda sucks. Help us make it better by adding content, archiving old talks and notes, or just making it more friendly in general. Remember, you are the community.

Write the Docs Guide

A guide to writing documentation. Help us make this guide great for people who want to write docs, but don’t know where to start.

Mozilla Developer Network

Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) provides browser-neutral docs on client-side Web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the Web APIs.

You can contribute by writing technical articles, copy-editing, writing code samples, or translating pages. MDN staff will be there to help out.

Your Project Here

Yup. We know you need better docs. We do too. Make it happen.

Send us an email or pull request with your project and a short paragraph about what you need help with, and we’ll include it here.