Category Archives: education

Can I Be a Technical Writer Without a Technical Writing Degree?

Can you be a technical writer without an actual technical writing degree? The short answer is yes! I’ve suggested ways for a reader with a teaching career pursue a job in technical communication, but teaching is not the only alternate … Continue reading

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Academic vs. Business Writing

During my time at the 2018 STC Summit, I asked knowledgable professionals about things that young professionals or fresh-out-of-school university students needed to work on to be more effective in the workplace. One topic that came up was using “academic-style” … Continue reading

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2018 STC Summit: Attendee Comments Re: the Technical Writing Book

As noted on Thursday, I attended the 2018 STC Summit last week, with the dual purpose of learning what the tech writing community was talking about as well as collect additional information for my tech writing book project. I received … Continue reading

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The Good Parts About Working With SMEs

This blog was written in response to a survey comment. One survey respondent said that “Interactive skills and depth of listening even appear unpleasant.” Wow. I guess he had a point: I’ve often shared some of my “horror stories” when … Continue reading

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Parts of Speech in English

One of the folks who responded to my content survey, Abdul in India, was seeking some more information about “linguistic terms and phrases.” It occurred to me that some of you became technical writers by accident (say, by starting as … Continue reading

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