Write the Docs Conference in Portland in April

jhodgdon's picture

There's a conference coming up in Portland called "Write The Docs". I don't know much about it (Lee tweeted it on the @drupaldocs Twitter feed so I thought I'd post here too)...

They have a web site:
and Twitter:

I'm considering going, depending on the cost, logistics, etc., since Portland is not too far away from where I live. How about anyone else?


Strongly considering

gwideman's picture

Hi Jennifer:
I am strongly considering. I'm just waiting to gain confidence that it's really going to happen by seeing them settle on a venue, before committing to plane ticket etc. Supposedly the venue will be announced this week. Have you learned anything more about it, other than what's on conf.writethedocs.org?
-- Graham

I think it's happening...

jhodgdon's picture

I think/hope it is actually happening, since I've purchased a plane ticket and a conference ticket, and submitted a talk.

Aside from what's on conf.writethedocs.org and their twitter/email list traffic, I don't have any information.... I just assumed they'd get their act together, but if not I'll be finding some Drupalists to hang out with for a few days instead! :)

"Drupal docs conference in Portland" :-)

gwideman's picture

OK, well that gives me even more motivation to go! Also I see they just announced a venue.

Definitely Going

kellyo's picture

I've been scouring the internet to find a conference like this, and I'm super-excited that this one turned up! Can't wait! :)

Report and videos from WriteTheDocs

jhodgdon's picture

I wrote up a report about WriteTheDocs on my blog:
and another attendee, Andrew Spittle, made notes of all the sessions:

The conference site now has links up to videos of several talks from the first day, and I imagine/hope the rest will be up sometime soon:

Of the talks I saw on the first day, I'd recommend anyone interested in the new curated Help/Documentation system watch the video of Michael Verdi's talk "How Mozilla supports users all over the world", if that video ever gets posted. There were a lot of excellent ideas in there about editorial and translation workflow and dashboards. In case the video is not yet available, I have a few notes in my blog post (linked above), and here are Andrew Spittle's notes and the talk slides.

WriteTheDocs comment on jhodgdon's post

gwideman's picture

Hi Jennifer,
I too enjoyed the WTD conference. I think your blog post summarized well, except for mentioning that the talk on "Motivating Developers to write API Documentation" was very interesting. :-) Especially since I was sitting next to Siobhan McKeown, Wordpress docs lead, at the time.

Agree with all your good points. In addition: all that for an extraordinarily economical price.

On your "not so great" points about the venue -- I thought the funky-old-theater aspect set a warm tone, but agree with your no-hang-space and non-ADA aspects. The stage lighting could have been fixed for a better view of the audience from the stage. The (lack of) lighting upstairs (where I was) prevented note taking only for the first talk, and then was adjusted to be quite acceptable, IMO.

Thanks so much for alerting us to this conference!


friesk's picture

Thanks for your work! I am really pleased to have this follow-up information, and I am really looking forward to going through it. Best to all.


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