A few weeks ago, I received an email from the regional chapter of one of my associations, The Society of Technical Communication (STC), seeking judges for their 2009-2010 Washington, DC Chapter’s Technical Communication Competitions. I was glad to hear that you didn’t need previous judging experience, so I decided to apply.
One of the first emails that I saw was that I had been chosen to be a judge! This Saturay I will be attending the first meeting, which will provide a mini training sessions for people new to judging, and also introduce me to my team. I am super excited to do this. In the past, I have critiqued other Technical Writers’ work, and I have supervised junior-level ones. However, this is the first time that it will be an actual contest.
This is a great time to meet other Writers, and I will be able to contribute my expertise to help others. All I need to do now is buy non-prescription glasses and learn how to wear a tight bun that doesn’t get loose. I guess I should start by reading a few articles and posts on how to judge a contest. Maybe leave the rest of the getup for another time.
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