STC Silicon Valley Chapter (SVC) began in early 1958 as the Golden Gate Chapter of the Technical Publishing Society with around 35 members. Early speakers included Anthony Boucher, noted Science Fiction writer, editor and book reviewer, and Dr. William Pemberton, who along with S. I. Hayakawa, was an early proponent of general semantics. STC records indicate it became the El Camino Chapter in November 1976, and then the Silicon Valley Chapter in June 1983.
With around 180 members currently (down from approximately 1500 at the height of the technology boom), the Silicon Valley chapter is the largest STC chapter worldwide, as well as the SF Bay Area’s oldest chapter. STC-SVC received a Chapter of Excellence Award for 2001-2002, the Society’s Pacesetter Award for its Mentor Directory in 2003 and Community Of Distinction Award in 2007.
The Northern California STC chapters offer an annual writing competition. Visit the Touchstone website to find out about the next competition.
Volunteering is a great way to meet other Silicon Valley Chapter members. Volunteering lets you expand your contacts and learn new skills. It also lets you enhance your resume with volunteer experience, and helps STC-SVC with chapter projects, leadership roles, SIG management and many other areas. If you are interested in volunteering for the chapter, contact the SVC Membership & Volunteers Manager.
Monthly chapter meetings are generally held on the third Monday of each month. Any exceptions will be noted on this website. Please visit the Next Meeting page to see what’s coming up.
Chapter meetings begin with dinner and networking at 6:00 PM, followed by a formal presentation at approximately 7:00 PM. Occasionally, STC-SV hosts an informal networking meeting called a “schmooze”. These are meetings without a formal presentation.
There is no admission charge required to attend our meetings. They are open to all interested individuals. STC membership is not required and reservations (in most cases) are not required, either.
Meetings are held some months at the Santa Clara IHOP, located at 4200 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara.
Meetings not held at the Santa Clara IHOP (including the schmoozes) are held at different locations on the peninsula. Click the Meetings link to find out the location of the next meeting.
If you would like to speak at a future meeting, send the Programs Manager an email indicating your topic.