News from the Amsterdam LIG
Without any real planning or forethought, writers in the Amsterdam area have been massing regularly to talk shop, compare strategies, have a borrel (a wicked shot of Dutch courage called Jenever), and occasionally attend meetings of other writers, editors, and translators groups in the area. Weve hooked up with members from SENSE (the Society for English- Native-Speaking Editors), EASE (the European Association of Science Editors), NUJ NL (the National Union of Journalists, Netherlands Branch), and STIC (Dutch STC look-alike, the Studiekring voor Technische Informatie en Communicatie).
Among other things, weve discussed the Region 2 Conference (London, October 2006) and Forum 2007 (Amsterdam, June 2007). There is a lot of positive buzz and professional excitement building for these two events. We believe that these events will set a level of professional expectation and a tone that will resonate for the next several years. We plan to be there for one or both of them; to add our voices to the ongoing conversation, and to be informed.
Meeting colleagues and professional neighbours outside the office is always invigorating. Gathering as keen STC members on an ad hoc basis (even as we have been doing, without any real agenda) is a way to stay current and to keep the underlying discourse lively during a normal working week. Writers of all stripes come to our Amsterdam LIG in Amsterdam. If you are in the area, we welcome you.