Fundamentals of Technical Writing
Thursday February 25
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Early Bird Special: $87 through March 19
Instructor: Paul R. Dixon
Writing skills are essential in all professions. This is increasingly so for technical professionals. They need to observe, document, describe and explain in a clear and concise fashion the hardware and software they develop, so that end users can fully utilize their products. Technical writing is challenging because writers must often “translate” technical jargon into crisp, clear English that’s comprehensible to non-technicians. Professionals who master this skill give themselves a competitive edge.
This day long workshop provides attendees with the savvy you need to build capacity in this skill. They will learn from a master teacher and have practice time writing instructions, organizing material, learning how to edit, summarize and prepare first drafts, and master techniques of effective writing for technical documents.
Topics covered in this course include: how to design a writing project, choosing the best format, how to write clear instructions, ways to organize material into easy-to-read documents, how to quickly write a first draft, and how to create an effective summary.
Paul R. Dixon is a technical writer and editor with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. He has written primarily software documentation, ranging from end-users installing off-the-shelf software on their home computers to programmers who customize enterprise-level software systems. He has worked in a variety of technology companies that have specialized in the fields of accounting, banking, investing, manufacturing, and health care, among others.