Workshop: Tech Writing 101¶
As part of the Write the Docs Australia 2018 conference, we’re running a two-hour workshop on the principles and techniques of technical writing.
Operations manuals, design docs, code comments, email messages, post mortems… writing things down for others is an unavoidable part of the life of an engineer, a UX designer, a product manager, and, of course, a tech writer.
The workshop leads you through a series of pair-work exercises to improve the clarity, readability, and effectiveness of your writing. You’ll learn from an experienced Google technical writer and from each other.
By the end of the session you’ll also think differently about toothbrushes.
Before attending the workshop, you need to do a small amount of pre-reading (~30 minutes reading about basic technical writing concepts): https://lisafc.github.io/tw101-reading/
During the workshop, you’ll apply the principles you’ve read in the prework. We’ve found this method of learning is highly effective. And it’s just plain fun. The workshop has been run at SREcon in Europe 2017 and at SREcon in the US in 2018, where it was very well received. People said they came away with useful skills and cleaner teeth.
- Date & Time: Thursday, 15th November 2018, 2.30pm-4.30pm.
- Location: Melbourne, Australia. Find out more: About the Venue
- Before attending the workshop, you need to do a small amount of pre-reading (~30 minutes reading about basic technical writing concepts): https://lisafc.github.io/tw101-reading/
- Bring a laptop with a text editor and an internet (WiFi) connection to do the exercises.
The workshop fee is included in your conference admission. There is no extra charge for the workshop.
All conference attendees are welcome! The workshop is intended for people who want to understand the basic principles and techniques of technical writing. The workshop material is tailored for engineers, and is suitable for new technical writers, editors, UX designers, and anyone else interested in technical communication.
Experienced technical writers are sure to enjoy the content too, both as a refresher and as a reminder of how debatable technical language can be.
The workshop format is highly discursive and entertaining. You’ll find yourself debating the principles as you apply them. The material is designed to stimulate such discussions.