Talk about API technical writing in Silicon Valley next Monday

I’ll be speaking at the meeting of the STC Silicon Valley Chapter in Santa Clara on Monday 25th August. Thanks to Tom Johnson for organising this get-together! I’m excited to meet the Silicon Valley writers. 

The talk is titled, “API Technical Writing: What, Why, and How“. The meeting announcement has the details.

Have you ever wondered what API technical writers do, and how they go about it? Perhaps you’d like to move into developer-focused documentation yourself, and need some tips on getting started.

Join us to discuss what an API is and poke some easy-to-use APIs that you can play with later yourself. Examine examples of API documentation, pick up a few useful tools, and grab some ideas on getting started in this field. It’s an exciting and rewarding area of technical communication.

Date and time:

August 25th, at 6pm for socialising. The talk starts at around 7pm.


IHOP Restaurant
4200 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1210
408-980 8887


About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 21 August 2014, in technical writing. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I so wish I was in California…my goal is to be an API writer and looking for any insight and knowledge….Sherri

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Are there any online courses, sites or references you could recommend when it comes to API tech writing?

    • Hallo Joe
      I’m afraid I don’t know of any courses, though perhaps other readers may be able to recommend one. This is a discussion I’ve had with a few people recently – it’s a growing need. An interesting sub-conversation is whether the training should be for technical writers who want to move into the API tech writing field, or developers who want to move into tech writing. 🙂 My inclination is the former, mainly because I’m a tech writer myself and I know there are quite a few of us who want to move into this field. On the other hand, some of the people I talk to think it will be advantageous to train engineers how to become technical writers – assuming they have the passion for it. Perhaps we need both!

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