Effective Technical Writing

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Improve your technical writing—without compromising your technical message!If writing technical information and effective memos, letters, reports, manuals, instructions, documentation, specifications or proposals is a tough proposition—this technical writing course is for you. This intensive 3-day seminar will show you proven technical writing approaches and techniques that you can apply back on the job to achieve successful technical written communications. Bring a current project and get one-on-one feedback.

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  • Live Online
  • Onsite

How You Will Benefit

  • Organize your material by purpose and audience
  • Write with greater clarity and precision—in less time
  • Present complex …

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Improve your technical writing—without compromising your technical message!If writing technical information and effective memos, letters, reports, manuals, instructions, documentation, specifications or proposals is a tough proposition—this technical writing course is for you. This intensive 3-day seminar will show you proven technical writing approaches and techniques that you can apply back on the job to achieve successful technical written communications. Bring a current project and get one-on-one feedback.

Also Available as:
  • Live Online
  • Onsite

How You Will Benefit

  • Organize your material by purpose and audience
  • Write with greater clarity and precision—in less time
  • Present complex technical information simply
  • Know the purpose of your writing before you begin
  • Recognize the needs of your audience
  • Learn how to use illustrations
  • Produce final drafts to make the “write” impression with your superiors

What You Will Cover

  • The basics of good technical writing
  • Understanding the needs of your audience
  • Planning and organizing the project
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Selecting the appropriate format for your audience
  • Preparing manuals, proposals and documentation
  • Understanding sentence structure and powerful word usage
  • The essentials of electronic writing
  • Simplifying complex information/edit and revision techniques
  • Incorporating graphs, charts and tables

Extended Seminar Outline

Print this page Extended Seminar Outline Seminar #2216 Learning Objectives
  • Organize Your Material by Purpose and Audience
  • Write with Greater Clarity and Precision—in Less Time
  • Present Complex Technical Information Simply
  • Know the Purpose of Your Writing before You Begin, and Eliminate False Starts
  • Recognize the Needs of Your Audience
  • Learn How to Use Illustrations
  • Edit and Polish the Final Draft to Make the "Write" Impression with Your Superiors

Aspects of Technical Writing

  • Understand the Pitfalls, Style, and Characteristics of Technical Writing
  • Review Samples of Technical Writing
  • Prepare a Writing Sample in Technical Style

Understanding the Readers’ Needs

  • Determine Various Readers’ Needs
  • Convey Technical Information Clearly to Nontechnical Readers

Patterns of Technical Writing

  • Become Familiar with the Various Patterns of Technical Writing
  • Learn to Write:
    —Definitions
    —Narration
    —Process Description
    —Physical Description
    —Instructions

Organizing Technical Information

  • Learn How to Organize and Evaluate Technical Data
  • Understand the Various Patterns of Technical Writing
  • Structure the Physical Format to Enhance Presentations of Ideas
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs

Writing the First Draft

  • Understand the Writing Process
  • Understand the Importance of Determining and Focusing on Your Purpose and Goals
  • Become Familiar with Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Achieving Sentence Clarity and Precision

  • Review Proven Techniques for Ensuring Clarity and Precision
  • Avoid Wordiness and Confusing Sentence Constructions

Technical Report Elements

  • Distinguish between Informal and Formal Reports
  • Become Familiar with the Elements of Technical Reports

Technical Report Formats

  • Understand the Nature of Technical Report Formats
  • Distinguish Various Elements of Technical Reports
  • Utilize Specific Organizational Formats for Different Reports

Writing Abstracts
  • Understand the Function and Characteristics of Abstracts
  • Become Familiar with Guidelines for Preparing Abstracts
  • Distinguish between Descriptive and Informative Abstracts

Using Illustrations

  • Know When to Use Illustrations in Technical Writing
  • Review the Characteristics and Uses of Illustrations
  • Become Familiar with Various Illustrations Useful in Technical Writing

Preparing Technical Manuals and Proposals

  • Become Familiar with the Characteristics of Technical Manuals
  • Understand the Components That Comprise Technical Manuals
  • Learn the Principles of Technical Manual Writing Style
  • Identify the Elements of Proposals

Editing and Proofreading Techniques
  • Review Guidelines for Editing and Polishing Technical Writing
  • Understand How to Write for Another Person’s Review and Critical Commentary

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, IT/computer personnel and people in R&D and other technical areas, as well as business professionals at all levels.

Special Feature

Bring a sample writing piece for one-on-one feedback.

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