Program Meetings

May 2015 Program Meeting_Jane StarrettSD/PEN conducts Program Meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at 6:30 pm.

Program Meetings include featured speakers or panelists, announcements, updates, and, of course, time for networking.

Meetings are free for SD/PEN members and $10 for nonmembers.

Whether you are a member or not, take this opportunity to attend the next SD/PEN Program Meeting and network with professional editors.

Click on the Program Meeting listings below for more information and the "Read more" button for meeting location details.

Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.

Technically Speaking: The Nuts and Bolts on Technical Editing and Writing @ SD County Health Services Complex
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

TechnicallySpeaking_Mar2017From microchips and software to biotech and industrial equipment, San Diego’s technology industry is as vast as it is diverse. But there’s one thing that all tech-oriented businesses have in common: they need writers and editors to make sense of the tech-speak for a variety of end users.

To help us explore the local tech landscape, three seasoned technical editors and writers, Sara Feldman, Mark Fogg, and Elizabeth Gray, will join us for a special panel discussion. Fielding questions from a moderator and attendees, they will each discuss how they became technical writers and editors, the various tech industries and opportunities in San Diego, how one would go about breaking into the field, potential opportunities for contract work, and more.

Sara Feldman has 10 years of experience as a technical writer, primarily in the software industry and focused on online support. She earned her BS in Technical Communication and Communication Studies from James Madison University. Sara is currently the VP of Programs for the San Diego Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

For the past 20 years, Mark Fogg has worked exclusively at Solar Turbines, where he has served as senior technical editor and ghostwritten everybody from struggling technical writers to executives. Before that, he worked at smaller commercial companies and in the defense industry, where he had to write to very rigid military specifications.

Currently an independent contractor, Elizabeth Gray worked as a senior technical writer/editor for Cubic Corporation for more than 15 years, broken up by a five-year stint at Qualcomm. She has over 15 years’ experience in publications development and operations and at one time worked in defense and held Secret-SAR security clearance.

Public Library Resources for Editors @ SD County Health Services Complex
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A representative from San Diego-area public library systems discusses the various resources available for editors and writers, both at local branches and online.

Event title and topic are subject to change.

Crowdmentoring: Editors Share Their Success, Challenges, and Lessons Learned @ SD County Health Services Complex
Jul 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bring your burning questions and your insightful anecdotes to participate in a unique "open mic" program where editors at various levels of experience share their greatest successes, challenges, and important lessons learned.

Event title and topic are subject to change.