Technical writer applications open on May 29, 2019 at 18:00 UTC.
During the technical writer exploration phase, which runs from now until May 28, 2019, technical writers can explore the list of participating organizations and their project ideas. They should reach out to the organizations to gain a better understanding of the organizations and discuss project ideas before applying to Season of Docs.
For more information about the technical writer exploration phase, visit the technical writer guide on the website.
What is Season of Docs?Documentation is essential to the adoption of open source projects as well as to the success of their communities. Season of Docs brings together technical writers and open source projects to foster collaboration and improve documentation in the open source space. You can find out more about the program on the introduction page of the website.
During the program, technical writers spend a few months working closely with an open source community. They bring their technical writing expertise to the project's documentation and, at the same time, learn about the open source project and new technologies.
The open source projects work with the technical writers to improve the project's documentation and processes. Together, they may choose to build a new documentation set, redesign the existing docs, or improve and document the project's contribution procedures and onboarding experience.
How do I take part in Season of Docs as a technical writer?First, take a look at the technical writer guide on the website. The guide includes information on eligibility and the application process.
The technical writer exploration phase runs from April 30 - May 28, 2019. During this period, you can explore the list of participating organizations and their project ideas. When you find one or more projects that interest you, you should approach the relevant open source organization directly to discuss project ideas.
Then, read create a technical writing application and prepare your application materials. On May 29, 2019 at 18:00 UTC, Season of Docs will begin accepting technical writer applications and publish a link to the application form on the website. The deadline for technical writer applications is June 28, 2019 at 18:00 UTC.
Is there a stipend for participating technical writers?Yes. There is an optional stipend that technical writers can request as part of their application. The stipend amount is calculated based on the technical writer's home location. See the technical writer stipends page for more information.
If you have any questions about the program, please email us at [email protected].
- April 30 - May 28: Technical writers explore the list of participating organizations and project ideas.
- May 29 - June 28: Technical writers submit their proposals to Season of Docs.
- July 30: Google announces the accepted technical writer projects
- August 1 - September 1: Community bonding: Technical writers get to know mentors and the open source community, and refine their projects in collaboration with their mentors.
- September 2 - November 29: Technical writers work with open source mentors on the accepted projects, and submit their work at the end of the period.
- December 10: Google publishes the list of successfully-completed projects.
Care to join us?Explore the Season of Docs website at g.co/seasonofdocs to learn more about participating in the program. Use our logo and other promotional resources to spread the word. Examine the timeline, check out the FAQ, and apply now!
By Andrew Chen, Google Open Source and Sarah Maddox, Google Technical Writer