Technical Communication Resources




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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"
    "Thumbnails"
    "Madame Mao in the Midwest"

Employment Prospects and Salaries

Job Listings

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

Employment Interviews

Technical-Writer Resumes

Portfolios

Software Tools

These are overviews of a variety of tools:

Please see these pages that focus on individual tool areas:

Telecommuting and Freelancing

Process

Professional Organizations and Societies

Comprehensive Resource Sites

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