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Introduction to technical communication as a profession
If you are a newcomer or a beginner, or if you have been doing technical writing or editing for a while but want to know what kind of a profession you have gotten into, this workshop shows you what tasks are involved, what standards and values are worshipped, and where the money is.
First, you explore the profession. You learn about the top 10 indicators of success in this profession, take a quick look back at 2,000 years of technical communication and explore the roles of technical communicators today. You discover the role technical communicators can play in work settings such as government labs, start-ups, Fortune 500 industries, and as freelance consultants.
Then you explore the process by which technical communicators accomplish their work. You learn about information design and development processes, in particular user-centered processes. You learn how your work as a technical communicator fits into a product life cycle in a high-tech environment.
This course is practical, not theoretical. This is no undergraduate course taught by a grad student who knows little about the field. Your instructor has more than 20 years experience working as a technical writer and editor for major Fortune 500 companies, startups, government agencies, and mid-size departments. You'll learn what mistakes can cost you a job, what typos will get your resume rejected, what to do to get a raise. You get the inside dope.
You learn through in-class exercises, solving problems, writing drafts, reviewing and editing.
You can ask lots of questions, so you can find out how your own background prepares you for technical communication.
You get an insider's view of the profession, and lots of tips to help you when you are preparing your resume, looking for work, interviewing, and, once you have a job, getting promoted.
You learn the way technical communication looks to a professional, so you can make the right moves when you are looking for work, and promotions.
When you complete this workshop, you will be able to:
Jonathan Price has a Doctorate in Fine Arts from Yale, and a BA from Harvard. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for New York University, the University of Bridgeport, Rutgers, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Tech.
He has also taught extension classes in information architecture, content management, XML, and technical writing for Bentley, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCSC.
He frequently gives workshops and talks at meetings of the Society for Technical Communication, in which he is an Associate Fellow.
He has authored two dozen books, including two books on technical writing from major publishers, an academic study of electronic outlining, and two other books on writing. He and his wife Lisa have coauthored Hot Text: Web Writing that Works (2002). He has edited special issues of two of the major journals in technical communication, Technical Communication, and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. He has worked professionally in technical communication for 20 years, with an A to Z of clients such as Action, Adobe, Apple, Broderbund, Cadence, Canon, Cisco, Cray, Epson, eToys, Fujitsu, GO, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Informix, KBKids, Kodak, Lotus, Matsushita, Mindscape, Mitsubishi, NEC, Nikon, Oracle, Peoplesoft, Qronos, Relational, Ricoh, Seybold, Sprint, Sun, Symantec, and Zycad.
Schedule and locations
Online: JER Online Workshops, open registration
Attention, Corporate Managers!
If you have a group of people who are all writing the same kind of materials, we can customize the course, so that it reflects common problems that your people face. Examples seem familiar; exercises resemble their day-to-day work. Result: they can see, immediately, how the course can help them do their jobs.
Writing that Works!