Exciting News!

Alison Edwards has been selected as a speaker at the Society for Technical Communication’s (STC’s) Technical Communication Summit Conference and Expo (5-9 June 2021). In 2021 the Summit will be entirely virtual.

I will be talking about tools for creating fundraising narratives.  Explaining how to use the ‘Hero’s journey’ and ‘Logic Models’ to create narratives for donors/sponsors and funders (grant proposals).

My talk is titled ‘Slaying Dragons and logic’, I will also be submitting a proceedings paper.


A Solar Powered Office: How does that work?

I run a laptop, a second monitor, a desk fan, a desk light, and charge my phone on solar power. I can run a printer, but I try not to, because its a waste of energy when I can easily work on a screen.

What I bought:

  • 100W solar panel ($248.29)
  • twenty feet of solar extension ($41.29)
  • Solar Connector to 8 mm Adapter Cable ($39.89)
  • Jackery Explorer500 Portable Power Station ($666.66)
  • Jackery Explorer160 Portable Power Station ($229.99)

I bought the explorer160 Power Station first, and decided that I wanted more power outlets, and more storage capacity; So I bought a second, bigger power station – the Explorer500. My original set-up cost less than $600, and was completely adequate for a home office. I have no regrets about buying a second power station, because I use it for camping, and when there is a blackout, or an earthquake, I will have power 🙂

I have both portable power generators sitting on my desk (see above) and switch the connector cable (from the solar panel) between them throughout the day. When the battery charge is 100% on one, I charge the other. I keep an eye on the battery levels to make sure neither one ever reaches zero.

I bought the solar panel from a local company, on the island, called ‘We Go Solar’, and am very happy with their service!

I bought the power stations from Amazon.ca

Jackery Explorer 500:
Lithium battery power: 518Wh/144,400mAh
battery capacity, 500W Rated Power and 1000W Surge Power from the pure-sine wave AC port.

Jackery Explorer 160:
can charge from USB Type-C, USB and AC outlet.
rechargeable lithium-ion batteries providing 167 watt-hours of energy storage.

The explorer 160 has a type C USB port, but does not have a pure sine wave inverter. The Jackery 500 has a pure sine wave inverter, and three USB ports, none of which are Type C.

Saronic 100Watt 12V Poly Crystaline Solar Panel, with cable and clips +taxes = $248.29 CAD

My 100 W Saronic solar panel

I am very happy with my solar powered office. I like that I can work during a blackout. I live and work in a seismically active area, and consider this to be part of my earthquake kit!

Grammar Tip: Hyphenating Prefixes

Hyphenating prefixes

Prefixes are additional letters or numbers at the front of a word that change it’s meaning.  Examples of common prefixes include: inter, intra, anti, milli, hyper etc. Most common prefixes are not hyphenated (check with a dictionary, or a technical writer).

Prefixes that are hyphenated include chemical terms with an italicized prefix: cis-dimethylethylene, or ß-lactose.

Use a hyphen when the second part of a word starts with the same vowel that the first part of the word ends with; For example, pre-eminent, re-educate, co-opt, semi-invalid, or if the word would be difficult to read without a hyphen; For example, co-author, de-icing.


Intergenerational day, June 1st, is a day that celebrates connections between age groups. This year has been particularly tough for seniors during the pandemic. However, the founder of Edwards Technical Writing, Alison Edwards, was lucky to be able to work from home, and isolate with other generations of her family; Including her dad. Thanks for all the pandemic scrabble games Dad!

Nominated for a Business Award

Edwards Technical Writing is very happy to have been nominated in the category of New Business in the 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards.

This is a great opportunity to highlight the hard work, value, and determination, that has gone into creating this business. A business that was built from scratch, and has grown over the last two years. Working with the non-profit community, as a business, and as a volunteer, and planning for a sustainable future.


Second Business Birthday

2nd Bday

Happy second birthday to Edwards Technical Writing.

As I celebrate my second “business birthday”, I look back and reflect on lessons learned, achievements, and plans for the future.

I have been nominated for a Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Award!

                                                      **** Woo hoo ****

I am busy, and cannot take on any new clients until March; That is a substantial achievement, as I started the business from scratch, with no clients.

I am working on a writing contract for the federal government (Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Ottawa). This is not only incredibly interesting work, but is in the field that I earned an MSc. Scientific writing is something that I enjoy, am good at, and makes me happy!

Writing grant proposals also makes me excited! And its grant season in Victoria! With deadlines either just passed, or imminent for the City of Victoria and the Victoria Foundation.

Business is good!


Plans for the future? Making my business carbon neutral? I’m still figuring out conceptually how this is going to look. If your business is carbon neutral, send me an email, and we can go for coffee, and brainstorm ways to reduce our businesses carbon footprint.

Happy early February everybody!







Grant Preparation Season


Grant Season

  • Is your Grants Calendar up-to-date?
  • Do you have an up-to-date spreadsheet of prospective grant funders?
  • Do your projects have great wording that describes their impact, outcomes and outputs?
  • Do you have a logic model?
  • Are your mission and vision statements top-notch?
  • Do you need to hire a local Grant Writer?

The Victoria Foundations’ Community Grant application window opens February 3, 2020, and closes March 2, 2020.

………….. call Alison Edwards, the owner of Edwards Technical Writing

(250 704 4439)