– How do you become a technical writer

When I was in college I enjoyed writing papers and other documents more than anything else I studied. So when I graduated I wanted to know how do you become a technical writer?

Technical writing is a great profession for anyone who has an attention to detail and an interest in technical fields. As a technical writer you can write all types of technical documentation including training manuals, instruction manuals, technical specs and much more.

But how do you become a technical writer? Well, the easiest way to become a technical writer is to start with you current company and job. Look at their job postings and see if they have any listings for technical writer jobs. In the digital world there is always a high demand for technical writers. Often times you can find technical writing jobs that you can transition into right at your current company.

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This short video highlights the day-to-day activities you might expect to encounter when you are a Technical Writer.

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

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In this video Nicky Bleiel covers: Outlining, Card Sorting, Best Practices, Active vs. Passive Voice, Editing Tips, and the “KISS” Principle.

Links referenced in the video & useful references:

“How to Card Sort” video:…

Grammar Girl on Active vs. Passive Voice:…

“The Value of Passive Voice” on…

Yahoo! online style guide:

Grammar Girl Tips for Better Writing:

Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (2012)

Gregg Reference Manual by William A. Sabin (2010)

On Writing Well by William Zinsser (2001)

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (2008)

Technical Writing 101 by Alan Pringle and Sarah O’Keefe (2009)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (2006)

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Learning to read and write is hard for adults, but many courses work from the bottom and teach reading to adults just as it is taught to kids. Find ways to teach adults reading and writing skills in everyday culture with advice from a writing specialist in this free video on technical writing.

Expert: Laura Turner
Bio: Laura Turner received her B.A. in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., graduating magna cum laude with honors. Her plays have been seen and heard from Alaska to Tennessee.
Filmmaker: Todd Green

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