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June 2003 workshop

Putting Complexity on the Web

Event Summary
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Capcon
1990 M Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.331.5771
Directions are below

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About the Event

Do you need to put complicated material on your website? Proceedings from a large conference, or meeting? Complex written documents with lots of detail? Science writing and health? Governmental procedures or processes? Or just complicated writing?

In this workshop you'll analyze complex material, do hands-on formatting and editing using web writing techniques, and build complexity back in via the web.

You'll learn to:

  • Communicate detail and increase comprehension through your writing.
  • Ensure your information is easy to scan and understand online.
  • Present a variety of complex information using the unique features of the web.

Online demos and hands-on exercises ensure a fast-paced class and immediate skills. The web allows for infinite expansion, exploration, and discovery, and it's ideally suited for the presentation of complex material. Previous experience not necessary-we'll be working at an individual pace.

Class structure:

  • Each student will have his or her own computer.
  • This will be a small class with 14 students, ensuring individual attention.
  • You will be doing exercises using Word-there is no need to know HTML at all.
  • We will have a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is on your own. Many restaurants are in the immediate Dupont Circle neighborhood. We will also take breaks throughout the day as needed.
  • Breakfast and soft drinks will be provided.


  • Each student should bring one piece of complex material (no longer than 2 pages) to work on in class. The subject is up to you-you will be working on this for one of the exercises.
  • Please help us make sure this workshop is responsive to your needs by completing our web-based audience analysis survey as soon as possible.

This workshop was developed from several aspects of Merry Bruns' monthly web writing class, "Content and Communication: Writing and Editing for the Web," held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. See for details.

About the Speaker

photo of Merry Bruns

Merry Bruns is an online content strategist, editor and trainer who focuses on communicating web content to its audiences clearly and effectively. Producing and editing sites since 1995, she brings a background in communications and journalism to her work.

She teaches writing and editing for the web to hundreds of students nationwide, holds classes at Georgetown University and the National Press Club, and provides in-house training to various organizations nationwide.

Her clients for content strategy and training have included Accenture, National Academy of Sciences, Porter-Novelli, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Towers-Perrin, World Bank, Harvard Medical School, and many more.


Breakfast: Muffins, pastries, and juice
Lunch: On your own
Snack: Cold sodas

Fees and Registration

Admission Fees

$200 STC members who register and pay by June 6
$225 Nonmembers who register and pay by June 6
$250 STC Members and Nonmembers who register after June 6

All payments must be postmarked or submitted to PayPal by the registration deadline for the above prices to apply.

Admission fees help to offset the costs of our programs. Fees may vary from program to program because of the costs of food and beverages, room rental, and other services. Our attendees pay slightly different fees depending on whether they are members, nonmembers, students, chapter volunteers, or walk-ins. We also sometimes offer a program-only option for programs that are not held in restaurants.
Chapter volunteers who are working at an event (e.g., staffing the registration table, greeting newcomers) are entitled to free admission for the event. Volunteers for each event are normally pre-determined before the registration process begins. We do not accept last-minute volunteers unless we have an unanticipated need for extra help.

Advance Reservations

We encourage and sometimes require all attendees to register in advance. For events where advanced registration is required, we cannot accept reservations after the published deadline for the event.


  • We do not provide refunds for late arrivals.
  • We reserve the right to bill those who register for a program, do not pre-pay, and do not attend the program.

Registration for "Putting Complexity on the Web"

Reservations are required for this event. Advance registration and payment and must be made by Friday, June 6, 2003 at 5 p.m. All information published under Advance reservations is applicable to this event.

Registration Process

To make a reservation, complete the program reservation form.


You may pay by sending a check through the U.S. Mail or by making a secure online payment through our PayPal page using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. (Using PayPal allows you to make purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to us.)

If you have already registered and would like to submit a payment by check or PayPal, visit the program reservation page for more detailed information about making a payment.


To cancel a registration, please let us know as soon as possible. Contact the Events Committee Manager.

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1990 M Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-331-5771

Map and directions to Capcon in Washington, DC.

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