Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology. You'll learn the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically. You'll also learn how to get your first job as a technical writer, plus tricks of the trade that enable you to create high-quality documentation with less work.
Course Revised May 2014
About The Instructor
With more than 20 years of experience as a senior technical writer, Janet Underwood develops technical documentation for major corporations in the computer, information technology, telecommunications, financial, and medical industries, as well as for U.S. government agencies and public utilities organizations. She started her career as an English teacher and later worked as an editor and writer for several internationally known trade publications before combining her love of technology with her passion for writing to become a technical writer. She has won numerous awards for the excellence of her writing and documentation design. Two of her books are used in technical writing classes in U.S. and Canadian colleges, and she teaches FrameMaker classes as an adjunct professor.