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Effective Technical Writing

Convey technical content to any audience through specific, clear and concise technical writing.

Technical writing is unique because of its specialized content. It must convey objectivity and reach both technical and nontechnical audiences with exactness and clarity. Along with writing emails, letters and reports, the technical writer must be able to prepare definitions, physical descriptions, product specifications, procedures, test and laboratory results, and many other kinds of documents. This seminar offers you a battery of tools and techniques to help you jumpstart the writing process on any challenging technical writing endeavor. You will learn ways to defeat writer’s block, procrastination and writer’s anxiety, as well as how to develop a better understanding of readers’ needs and expectations. You will also discover principles and approaches that cover a broad range of industries and topics and get hands-on experience improving your technical writing ESP—efficiency, sufficiency and proficiency. In addition, you will receive expert feedback on your work from an experienced writing consultant to help fine-tune your new skills.  

Seminar Number: 02216

  • In a Classroom
  • Online
  • Your Company Location

Course Scheduling & Pricing

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, IT/computer personnel and people in R&D and other technical areas who wish to enhance their technical writing skills in order to better communicate with their audiences.

  •   Classroom3 Day(s)
    1.8 CEU, 18 PDU
  •   Online4 Lesson(s)
    1.2 CEU, 12 PDU
 

Technical writing is unique because of its specialized content. It must convey objectivity and reach both technical and nontechnical audiences with exactness and clarity. Along with writing emails, letters and reports, the technical writer must be able to prepare definitions, physical descriptions, product specifications, procedures, test and laboratory results, and many other kinds of documents.

This seminar offers you a battery of tools and techniques to help you jumpstart the writing process on any challenging technical writing endeavor. You will learn ways to defeat writer’s block, procrastination and writer’s anxiety, as well as how to develop a better understanding of readers’ needs and expectations. You will also discover principles and approaches that cover a broad range of industries and topics and get hands-on experience improving your technical writing ESP—efficiency, sufficiency and proficiency. In addition, you will receive expert feedback on your work from an experienced writing consultant to help fine-tune your new skills.

 

  • Create a full range of technical documents with solid structures 
  • Use templates to quickly start the writing process 
  • Explore techniques for getting past writer’s block 
  • Prepare detailed messages for both technical and nontechnical readers 
  • Understand best practices for displaying visual information 
  • Edit language for precision, clarity and conciseness 
  • Summarize complex issues with authority and clarity
  • Employing the standards of technical writing 
  • The technical writing process: getting started efficiently 
  • Assessing your own writing style based on the audience 
  • The techniques: strategically organizing ideas and messages 
  • Knowing how to best display visual information 
  • Achieving precision, clarity and conciseness 
  • Editing at the word level

Special Feature

You may also choose to bring an existing sample writing piece for one-on-one feedback.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish Among the Elements of Technical Documents
  • Create a Full Range of Technical Documents with a Solid Structure
  • Use Templates to Jumpstart the Writing Process
  • Use Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block
  • Evaluate Technical Data Based on the Writer’s Purpose and the Reader’s Concerns
  • Prepare Detailed Messages with a Style for Technical and Nontechnical Writers
  • Structure the Format to Enhance Presentation and Ideas
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Apply Best Practices for Displaying Visual Information
  • Edit Language for Precision, Clarity, and Conciseness
  • Choose Language for Appropriateness
  • Summarize Complex Issues with Authority

The Landscape

  • Define Technical Writing
  • Identify Characteristics of Technical Writing
  • Distinguish Between Two Commonly Used Technical Writing Styles
  • Classify the Challenges That Technical Writers Face

The Maps

  • Distinguish Among the Elements of Technical Documents
  • Identify a Full Range of Technical Documents with a Solid Structure
  • Use Templates to Jumpstart the Writing Process

The Technical Writing Process

  • Overcome Writer’s Block
  • Generate Ideas Through an Efficient Writing Process

The Technical Writing Product

  • Evaluate Technical Data Based on the Writer’s Purpose and the Readers’ Concerns
  • Assess Your Own Writing Style Based on the Audience

Organizing Ideas

  • Compose Effective Patterns of Technical Writing
  • Structure the Format to Enhance Presentations and Ideas
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs

Visualizing Ideas

  • Apply Best Practices for Displaying Visual Information
  • Use the Full Range of Illustrations in Technical Writing

Editing at the Sentence Level

  • Identify Common Sentence Problems and Their Solutions
  • Edit Imprecise, Unclear, or Wordy Sentences
  • Combine Sentences for Fluency
  • Edit Sentences for Active Voice
  • Edit Sentences for Parallel Structure

Editing at the Word Level

  • Choose Correct Grammar, Words, Punctuation, and Mechanics
  • Summarize Complex Issues with Authority
Download Extended Seminar Outline PDF

LESSON ONE

The Territory: Employing the Standards of Effective Technical Writing

  • Distinguish Among the Elements of Technical Writing
  • Create the Full Range of Technical Documents with a Solid Structure
  • Decide on the Best Organization Pattern for Conveying Technical Information

LESSON TWO 

The Task: Getting Started Efficiently

  • Use Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block
  • Evaluate Technical Data Based on the Writer’s Purpose and the Readers’ Concerns
  • Prepare Detailed Messages with a Style for Technical and Nontechnical Readers

LESSON THREE

The Techniques: Organizing Messages Strategically

  • Structure the Format to Enhance Presentations and Ideas
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Apply Best Practices for Displaying Visual Information

LESSON FOUR

The Tweaks: Achieving Precision, Clarity, and Conciseness

  • Edit Language for Precision, Clarity, Conciseness
  • Choose Language for Appropriateness
  • Summarize Complex Issues with Authority
Download Extended Seminar Outline PDF

AMA has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Talent Triangle PDUs

[L] 18 Classroom/12 Online

Project Management Institute (PMI) Talent Triangle, 2015.
Reproduced with the permission of PMI. Copyright and all rights reserved.

American Management Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

Classroom Schedule

10 Sessions Available

Online Schedule

2 Sessions Available

  • $2,345.00 Non Members
  • $2,095.00 AMA Members
  • $1,984.00 GSA
Date Duration State City Zip
  2019-07-08 2019-07-10 Jul 8, 2019 - Jul 10, 2019 3 Days IL Chicago 60601 Chicago Register Now

  2019-07-24 2019-07-26 Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 3 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2019-08-26 2019-08-28 Aug 26, 2019 - Aug 28, 2019 3 Days CA San Francisco 94103-3156 San Francisco Register Now

  2019-09-09 2019-09-11 Sep 9, 2019 - Sep 11, 2019 3 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

  2019-09-16 2019-09-18 Sep 16, 2019 - Sep 18, 2019 3 Days MA Boston 02110-1817 Boston Register Now

  2019-11-11 2019-11-13 Nov 11, 2019 - Nov 13, 2019 3 Days TX Dallas 75001-3505 Dallas Register Now

  2019-11-20 2019-11-22 Nov 20, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019 3 Days IL Chicago 60601 Chicago Register Now

  2019-12-09 2019-12-11 Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019 3 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2020-03-09 2020-03-11 Mar 9, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020 3 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2020-04-01 2020-04-03 Apr 1, 2020 - Apr 3, 2020 3 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

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