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Effective Technical Writing

Improve your ability to write clear, concise, and readable technical reports.

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Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2022
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About the Course

Practice several different forms of technical writing as you review and apply appropriate grammar and usage. The course includes tools for writing and reviews the skills participants have acquired or rediscovered. Practice assignments are given at the end of each online session. These assignments are the basis for discussion during the next online session.  All assignments submitted are reviewed and returned to the participants with suggestions for improvement.

Topics covered include:

  • General Principles of Technical Writing – effective placement of information; organization; consideration of the target; phrasing for highest impact; and effective use of graphics
  • Categories of Technical Writing – memos and e-mails; effective letter writing; reports of various types; shortened forms of writing, including overviews, abstracts, summaries, and introductions; construction and use of executive summaries; instructions and procedures; and scientific papers for publication
  • The Writing Process – knowing your reader; using a template or example; collecting and filtering information; writing a first draft; using appropriate language and grammar; editing
  • Abstracts, Summaries and Executive Summaries – structure and contents; concise phraseology; main points; language
  • Graphics and Diagrams, Tables and Charts – use and contents; simplicity.
  • Tools for Writing – examples, reference sheets, usage guides, templates, self-assessments, reference materials, self-help, and self-awareness
Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.Participants are invited to submit one or two samples of types of writing they would like to improve.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, participants should be able to

  • complete everyday writing tasks efficiently
  • write clear, concise reports in versions appropriate for peers, management, customers, or any other reader
  • produce shortened forms of reports, such as overviews, summaries, or abstracts, that are clear and complete
  • use written English correctly and confidently
  • produce larger projects such as scientific papers, proposals, or standard procedures that are clearly written and properly formatted

Who Should Attend

Technical professionals, managers, and researchers who want to enhance their professional success by writing effectively and persuasively.

Course Outline

  • Course Outline

    • General principles of technical writing
    • Categories of technical writing
    • Streamlining exercises: reference sheet and usage guide
    • Writing process
    • Everyday writing
    • Technical reports and overviews
    • Technical reports for non-technical readers
    • Summaries, abstracts and introductions
    • Writing a procedure
    • Additional practice with overviews, summaries, and abstracts

Dates, Locations, and Prices

Five for four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. 

Each person attending must register individually for this course.

Course fee includes electronic access to the course materials and session recordings. 


Online Live

Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2022

(10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 and 11/14)

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) $1095
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) $1295
Non-Member $1295
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This course will meet online for 5 sessions on Monday from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM ET. Course fee includes electronic access to the course materials and session recordings. Each person attending must register individually for this course.

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About the Instructor(s)

Barbara D. Mowery

Faculty Emeritus, Thomas Nelson Community College

Barbara Mowery is Professor Emeritus, Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton VA), where she developed a “Writing to Learn Chemistry” component for lower division courses.

Online Live
Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2022
Prices start at
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