Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to the Southern Nevada STC chapter website. As you can see, we’re just getting started here as we relaunch our web presence after a bit of time away. Technical writers in the desert? Why, yes, of course!

Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame
On a rare day off without the kids, my husband and I were looking for something fun and cheap to do for the afternoon. And it had to be inside and out of the summer heat! We had seen Tim Arnold, the owner of the Pinball Hall of Fame, featured on History Channel’s American Restoration ...

Get Outside Yourself

Get Outside Yourself
As STC member Lonna White commented, “…sometimes you just need to get outside yourself.” And that’s exactly what members of the STC Southern Nevada Chapter did on Saturday morning, August 17, 2013. For its annual community service event, the group met at a local food bank and picked up bags of fruits, vegetables, and non-perishables ...

Mentoring: What’s Old is Still New

Mentoring: What's Old is Still New
In Greek mythology, when Odysseus left for battle, he asked his friend Athena, the goddess of wisdom, to assume the male form of Mentor to watch over and guide his son while he was away. From that time, the name has been used to describe teachers, guides, role models, advisors, and counselors. Aristotle mentored Alexander ...

“Do your magic….”

As tech writers, we’re often expected to also be magicians: making documents appear out of thin air. But we do it; it’s all in a day’s work. The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the clueless. Based on an actual email exchange: Monday, 8:15 a.m. Mr. Engineer: ...

Slots and Vegas: It’s Not What You May Think

Slots and Vegas: It's Not What You May Think
Just hearing the word “Vegas” brings to mind glitzy shows, vibrant nightlife, and wall-to-wall slot machines, with their spinning reels, flashing lights, clanging noises, and clinking coins. But what most people don’t realize is that Las Vegas is host to another kind of slot, one that offers majesty and challenge and one that always leaves ...

May Meeting Minutes

Here is a summary of our May meeting… July meeting For our annual July activity, the group decided to do a service activity. Thank you Sally for volunteering to research volunteer opportunities. We will also go out for a meal before or after the activity, depending on the time of day. There will not be ...

Document Types

Document Types
Tech writers produce many kinds of documents from manuals, guides, notes and most everything else in between. Most are straightforward and get out the door on time, on budget, with pretty good quality. However, there are “those” documents that just make you wonder. More than a few of us have other, more descriptive and endearing ...

Vegas Life — A Basic Field Guide

My intention in writing this article is not so much to introduce you, the reader, to the lifestyles of people living in Las Vegas, but rather to make clear the biases that color my observations posted here. If you come to different conclusions than I do, it is because your vantage point affords a different ...

The Peetles: Technical Writer

If technical writers ever had a theme song, it would be Pete Zolli’s video. Any resemblance to what we encounter in our daily work is completely factual, I’m sure. Music and tech writing…what’s not to like?

Visit us at LinkedIn

We have a small but growing collection of tech writers, designers, editors, consultants, and recruiters at the STC Chapter of Southern Nevada LinkedIn group. Feel free to visit us there and maybe even join the group.