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The Training of Technical Writers

The Training of Technical Writers

Duration: 60 Minutes

Faculty: Robert Peoples      Level: All Level      Course ID: 1030


Technical writing in is a highly specialized field. Hands-on training is absolutely necessary in this field. There are strategies that can be applied such that the document or defense of one’s work is not overwhelming. Training for Technical Writing includes the use of global English, ignoring word count and the use of graphics. The purpose of this webinar is to train Technical Writers in general guidelines for the creation and maintenance of written presentations in order to ensure consistency between documents created by various functional groups within organizations.

Why should you Attend:

You have been given what can be a daunting task to write a report on work that you or someone else has done, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), an Instruction Manual for the operation of some instrumentation for training the general public or in-house personnel, a Laboratory Procedure, a manual to explain the use of a new service for the general public. Technical Writing could also involve reporting on work for inclusion in an FDA filing, a justification for the purchase of new instrumentation, an increase in the operating budget for a department or any number of written presentations. You are quite comfortable in your area of expertise and often excel in that area. Far too often your area of expertise does not include writing and this takes you out of your comfort zone. You stare at a blank screen while realizing that you have to create something! What to do? This webinar is designed to answer that question.

Technical writing must be balanced enough such that the highly technical audience will understand and appreciate what is said but Technical Writing must also be understood by an audience who may not be as well-versed in the subject matter as other members of the audience. Usually, Technical Writing consists of reports and/or Standard Operation Procedures but can also include Instruction Manuals or any written presentation for a highly specialized audience.

Your first consideration: Who is the audience? Who will read the document? Why will they read the document? How long will they have to read the document? Are they interested in the document? How do I create interest in the document? There are so many other questions that you can ask but these are the types of things that you should consider. The next consideration is what are you trying to tell the audience? What are the ideas/the concepts/the concerns do you want to convey to the audience?

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Technical Document Issues
  • Technical Writing Goals
  • How to Research the Subject Matter and Audience
  • How to Edit/Proofread Technical Writing
  • Create In-House Templates
  • Things to Avoid In Technical Writing

Who Will Benefit:

  • Chemists
  • Engineers
  • IT Professionals
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Quality Assurance
  • Any Technical/Specialized Personnel

Faculty Profile:

After obtaining a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry from Tuskegee University, Robert Peoples joined the pharmaceutical industry as a Research Chemist with a concentration in analytical chemistry at Wyeth/Lederle. While at Wyeth/Lederle Robert was primarily responsible for the analysis of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) in various drug delivery formulations, e.g. aerosols, capsules, creams, ointments, and tablets. He joined Organon/Merck as a Research Chemist responsible for the development of stability-indicating methods of analysis using HPLC.


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