Certificate in Professional Technical Writing

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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  • 32 days
  • in person

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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Who should attend

Professionals with some writing background who want to develop their technical writing abilities.

About the course

Technical communication today goes beyond writing traditional software documentation to include diverse web content, white papers and scientific publications, plus elements related to design and production. Technical writers are expected to bring both broad and deep knowledge, and skilled workers are in high demand.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll cover all the fundamental concepts and practical applications of technical writing. You’ll learn about the styles, formats and requirements for different kinds of technical communication and how to adapt for each. Become a well-trained, confident technical writer who can hit the ground running in a variety of organizational roles.

What you’ll learn

  • Principles of visual and user-centered design, software user assistance, editing conventions, usability testing, layout concepts and publication formats
  • The role of style and structure in technical communication
  • Design techniques for different document types
  • How to use industry-standard software tools and systems

Get hands-on experience

  • Complete in-class projects and peer workshops
  • Produce a document development plan and final document for your portfolio

Experts

Carl Chatfield

Carl Chatfield is an experienced content strategist and top-notch technical communicator with a focus on commercial software and services. Some of his past technical and instructional writing work includes Microsoft Project Step by Step, 2000 through 2013 editions. Project Step by Step is a self-...

Lin Laurie

Lin Laurie is an experienced technical writer and instructional designer who has worked as a consultant for the majority of her professional life. She has provided program and project management, consulting, training and technical writing services for companies such as Microsoft, Intuit, Coca-Col...

Joe Welinske

Joe Welinske specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. For over twenty-five years, Joe has been providing training, contracting, and consulting services for the software ...

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