What Is Technical Writing (Communication)?
- Technical Communication. From Wikipedia.
- What is Technical Writing?. By Jennifer Silva at Suite101.com..
- Defining Technical Communication. From STC.
- What Is Technical Communication? From University of Central Florida.
- What is Technical Communications? From TECHWR-L
- What is Technical Writing? From WiseGEEK.
- What Is Technical Writing?. From WordDesign.com. (For somereason, there is no title on this page.)
- How to become a technical writer. From helpscribe.com
- How I became a technical writer. Sarmistha Purkayastha, East Bay STC Chapter. (There are many article like these; search how I became a technical writer.)
- Resources for Technical Writers. From Writers Write, Inc.
- Becoming a Technical Writer. Nice overview from docsymmetry.com.
- Introduction: Technical Writing and Technical Writers. David A. McMurrey
- 14 Widespread Myths about Technical Writing. Post at the I'd Rather Be Writing blog, focusing on the latest trend in technical communication.
- TECHWR-L articles. Lots of articles on all aspects of the field.
- Succeed in Technical Writing. From Ron Kurtus's School for Champions.
- ACC Subject Guide for Business & Technical Communications.
- Internet Resources for Technical Communicators. Provided by Keith Soltys, this site offers many more resources than does this one.
- Technical Writing World. Social network for technical communicators
- Staples, Katherine, and Cezar Ornatowski, Eds. Foundations for Teaching Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Program Design. Greenwich, CN: Ablex, 1997. Read Grice, Roger A. "Professional Roles: Technical Writer"
- Fearing, Bertie E., and Sparrow, W. Keats. Technical Writing: Theory and Practice. New York: MLA Association, 1989. Read Grice, Roger A. "Document Development in Industry" and Debs, Mary Beth. "Collaborative writing in Industry"
- Hackos, JoAnn T. Managing Your Documentation Projects. New York: Wiley. The entire book—yes, the entire book. However, chapters 1 - 4 (about eighty pages) may suffice for an overview.
- Michael Bremer. Untechnical Writing - How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand. Untechnical Press. The most recent edition.
- Alan S. Pringle, Sarah S. O'Keefe. Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation. Scriptorum. The most recent edition.
- Jay Gould. Opportunities in Technical Writing. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
- Alan S. Pringle, Sarah S. O'Keefe. Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation. Scriptorium. Gives you a thorough sense of technical writing in the computer industry.
- Michael Bremer. Untechnical Writing - How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand. Untechnical Press. Also, gives you a thorough sense of technical writing in the computer industry.
- Gerald J. Savage, Dale L. Sullivan. Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators on and off the Job, Allyn and Bacon, 2001. There is no better place to get a detailed sense of the profession than the 23 articles in this book.
All of the articles are great, but if you are pressed for time, don't miss these:
"Glimpse into Reality"
"How I Became a Goddess"
"Three Months, Three Pages"
"Conquering the Cubicle Syndome"
"Try and Try Again: The Story of a Software Project"
"Tech Writing and the Art of Laziness"
"Daze at the Round Table"
"Diary of a Tech Writer"
"Madame Mao in the Midwest"
Employment Prospects and Salaries
- Job Search and Technical Communication Careers. From TECHWR-L.
- The Help Files: Landing the Job, Office Life & Freelancing. From TECHWR-L.
- Technical writing jobs. From U.S. News & World Report.
- TECHWR-L Job Board
- Descriptions of Major Resume Banks. By Clara Horvath at jobstar.com.
- A Mixed Bag of Job Prospects for Tech Writers Summary of an Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) report on employment trends by Joe Welinske of WinWriters.
- TC Library: Careers. Lots of articles here.
- Employment Articles. Lots of articles on getting started and working as a technical writer from TECHWR-L.
- A Guide to Careers in Technical Writing. By Allan Hoffman, Monster Tech Jobs Expert.
- Technical Writing: The Overlooked High-Tech Career. Article by Douglas J. Nakakihara in MicroTimes.
- WinWriters Salary Survey
- Austin STC Salary Survey
- Freelance Rate Chart. From Writing Assistance, Inc. No date.
- Austin STC Salary Survey. See salaries made by technical communicators right here in the Austin area.
- salary.com. In the Click Salary Wizard, enter "technical writer" and a zip code and press Search. The base salary ranges are free to view.
- craiglist, inc. Provides an Austin listing of jobs, internships, and salaries, plus a forum for discussion.
- WinWriters Salary Survey. Primarily online-help writers' salaries.
- STC Silicon Valley Chapter Job Listings. Job descriptions from the Bay Area.
- Technical Writing, Help Authoring Tools, Jobs, and More. Good general collection of links and articles.
- Technical Writers. From Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Search for other editions of the handbook.
In these generalized job sites, search on "technical writer," "technical communicator," "information specialist," "technical editor," "online help writer (or developer)," "content developer (or specialist)".
Internships and Volunteering
These are overviews of a variety of tools:
Please see these pages that focus on individual tool areas:
Telecommuting and Freelancing
- McMurrey, David A. Chapter on documentation process
- Price, Jonathan and Henry Korman. How to Communication Technical Information: A Handbook of Software and Hardware Documentation. Redwood City, CA: Benjamin/Cummings, 1993. ISBN 0-8053-6829-9. Read:
- Chapter 1, "The Project Cycle—What You Do at Each Stage"
- Chapter 2, "Gathering Information"
- Chapter 3, "Understanding Your Audience and Their Work"
- Chapter 4, "Learning about the Product"
- Chapter 5, "Planning the Documentation"
- Chapter 6, "Developing a Schedule and Estimating Costs"
- Alan S. Pringle, Sarah S. O'Keefe. Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation. Scriptorium.
- Michael Bremer. Untechnical Writing—How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand. Untechnical Press.
- Hackos, JoAnn T. Managing Your Documentation Projects. New York: Wiley, 1994. The entire book—yes, the entire book. However, chapters 1 - 4 (about eighty pages) may suffice for an overview.
- A Week in the Life of a Technical Writer. All about Shawna, technical writer, at National Instruments.
- TECHWR-L articles. Search "process," "organization," and similar terms in the TECHWR-L.
- TECHWR-L archives. Search the same terms in the TECHWR-L archives.
- TechComm Plus Resources. From-the-trenches discussions of writing documentation in corporations, getting reviews, working with SMEs. Read these articles for what they say about roles, processes, and organization in technical documentation:
Professional Organizations and Societies
Technical Writing Genres
Comprehensive Resource Sites