Technical writing 2 day public course

The Technical Writing courses are for would-be and junior technical writers, experienced technical writers who want to refresh some of their writing and documentation-planning skills, and for those whose work involves instructional writing, report writing or general writing of a technical nature.
It also provides a strong foundation for those interested in gaining the Certified Professional Technical Communicator accreditation, offered by the Society for Technical Communication.

Technical writing course dates  

  • Nov 6-7 Melbourne 
  • Nov 12-13 Sydney
  • Nov 20-21 Adelaide 
  • Nov 28-29 Brisbane 
  • Dec 3-4 Perth

What you get

  • Training from a professional Technical Writer.
  • Strong preparation for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator accreditation.
  • The Art and Science of Technical Writing Guide.
  • A certificate.

How to book

You can book a place in a course by:

Course outline

  • Fundamental characteristics of good technical writing:
    The principle of communicative efficacy; the five characteristics of sound factual writing; audience-centric writing and how to write for mixed audiences; techniques for controlling vocabulary; what is correct writing?
 
  • Planning a technical writing project:
    Typical documentation development cycle; estimating; planning; reviewing (and tips on securing reviews); pagination tricks; dealing with printers.
 
  • Writing technical reports and proposals:
    Types; section-by-section description; writing effective executive summaries; bids, white papers and RFTs; overcoming writer’s block; citation and referencing; common problems (of logic, topic hierarchy, citations, cohesion, balance, etc.)
 
  • Writing step-by-step instructions:
    Techniques; tips and tricks; branching, looping, minimising steps.
 
  • Document design and usability:
    Templates; designing for structure; font choice and its effect on comprehension; the three pillars of usability.
 
  • The language of language:
    Parts of speech; the building blocks of language; writing effective paragraphs.
 
  • Aspects of grammar:
    Old rules best forgotten; subject–verb agreement; the that or which dilemma.
 
  • Obstacles to readability:
    Sentence complexity; conceptual density; misplaced jargon; nominalisation; noun clustering; poor use of voice; issues of tone; readability formulas.
 
  • Troublesome words:
    Words easily confused; transition words; regional variations.
 
  • Vital punctuation:
    Senseless fads; hyphens and dashes; commas; parenthetic markers; brackets; colons; semicolons; apostrophes; etc.
 
  • Breaking into the technical writing profession:
    How to network; writing a good CV; necessary software skills, remuneration, pros and cons of freelancing.
 

Private courses in Scientific, Technical and Report Writing:

The private Scientific, Technical and Report Writing courses are tailored to the client’s specific requirements.

The Scientific Writing courses are for those whose studies or employment involves the reporting of scientific comment or research.

The Report Writing courses are for those who are unsure about how to write, design and structure typical technical reports but are expected to write such reports in their employment.

The Technical Writing courses are for would-be and junior technical writers, for experienced technical writers who want to refresh some of their writing and documentation-planning skills, and for those whose work involves instructional writing, report writing or general writing of a technical nature. It also provides a strong foundation for those interested in gaining the Certified Professional Technical Communicator accreditation offered by the Society for Technical Communication.

Companies that recently invested in private courses

  • Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Geoscience Australia
  • SA Water
  • Thales
  • Motorola
  • Canon Information Systems Research
  • Latrobe University, Department of Microbiology

The cost

The price for the Public Training Courses are $695 + GST