API tech writing workshop in Sydney – you’re invited
On Monday 27th July we’re running a full-day workshop in Sydney, on API technical writing. It’s free, and you’re invited. There’s free food too!
The workshop is happening in collaboration with the Australian Society for Technical Communication (ASTC), also known as the TWIA. Anyone interested in learning about this role is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a member of the ASTC/TWIA.
Quick signup link: Register to attend the workshop on Eventbrite.
API stands for Application Programming Interface. Developers use APIs to make apps that communicate with other apps and software/hardware components. API technical writers create documentation and other content that helps developers hook their apps up to someone else’s API.
For a tech writer, it’s an exciting, challenging and rewarding field. I love it!
Date: Monday 27th July 2015
Time: 9am to 4pm – breakfast and setup are at 9am, for a start at 9:30 sharp
Instructor: Sarah Maddox – that’s me 😉
Cost: None. The workshop is given free of charge.
Location: The workshop is held in the Google offices in Sydney: 1 Darling Island Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009 (Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/zypa1). When you arrive, report to the reception desk on the ground floor and say that you’re attending the API Technical Writing workshop at Google.
This is a practical course on API technical writing, consisting of lectures interspersed with hands-on sessions where you’ll apply what you’ve learned. The focus is on APIs themselves as well as on documentation, since we need to be able to understand and use a product before we can document it.
The workshop includes the following sessions:
- Hands-on: Play with a REST API.
- Lecture: The components of API documentation and other developer aids.
- Hands-on: Generate reference documentation using Javadoc.
- Lecture: Beyond Javadoc – other doc generation tools.
- Lecture: Working with an engineering team
Preparation for the workshop
Please take a look at the event announcement to see what you need to install on your laptop before the workshop. Doing the recommended installations will save you a lot of time at the workshop so that you can avoid missing crucial bits when you’re there.
More details and how to sign up
To register for the workshop, visit the Eventbrite registration page.
I’m looking forward to meeting a number of new Sydney technical writers and seeing old friends too. Hope to see you there!
(A slide from the workshop)