Effective Technical Writing
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Mon, Jun 26, 9:00am - Jun 27, 4:30pm Eastern Time ( 2 sessions )

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 20
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Class Delivery: AMA's Live Online Seminars are live, interactive, instructor-led courses that are completely user-friendly and accessible from your office or home PC. They’re the perfect time-saving alternative when you want training but can’t get away from the office.

You'll be able to speak to and/or electronically communicate with the instructor's and other attendees. You can also share files, view the instructors desktop, ask questions, tell the instructor to speak louder, softer, slow down, etc. (through simple icons). You'll see what your instructor is writing, view and hear questions and comments from other attendees, and be able to work in subgroups.  A headset is required for optimal communication throughout the Live Online Seminar.

A member of AMA's expert faculty of business professionals will lead your seminar. Beyond our course leaders’ experience in business training, they are specially trained to present AMA's high-quality content in an engaging, live online format.

We want you to feel completely comfortable and ready to go, so we’ll email you before your scheduled seminar and give you all the information you need about the simple set-up process.     

What you'll learn in this writing class:

Convey technical content to any audience through specific, clear and concise technical writing.

Who Should Attend:

Engineers, scientists, IT/computer personnel and people in R&D and other technical areas who wish to enhance their technical writing skills in order to better communicate with their audiences.

Technical writing is unique because of its specialized content. It must convey objectivity and reach both technical and nontechnical audiences with exactness and clarity. Along with writing emails, letters and reports, the technical writer must be able to prepare definitions, physical descriptions, product specifications, procedures, test and laboratory results, and many other kinds of documents.

This seminar offers you a battery of tools and techniques to help you jumpstart the writing process on any challenging technical writing endeavor. You will learn ways to defeat writer’s block, procrastination and writer’s anxiety, as well as how to develop a better understanding of readers’ needs and expectations. You will also discover principles and approaches that cover a broad range of industries and topics and get hands-on experience improving your technical writing ESP—efficiency, sufficiency and proficiency. In addition, you will receive expert feedback on your work from an experienced writing consultant to help fine-tune your new skills.

How You will Benefit:

  • Create a full range of technical documents with solid structures
  • Use templates to quickly start the writing process
  • Explore techniques for getting past writer’s block
  • Prepare detailed messages for both technical and nontechnical readers
  • Understand best practices for displaying visual information
  • Edit language for precision, clarity and conciseness
  • Summarize complex issues with authority and clarity

What you will cover:

  • Employing the standards of technical writing
  • The technical writing process: getting started efficiently
  • Assessing your own writing style based on the audience
  • The techniques: strategically organizing ideas and messages
  • Knowing how to best display visual information
  • Achieving precision, clarity and conciseness
  • Editing at the word level



The Territory: Employing the Standards of Effective Technical Writing

  • Distinguish Among the Elements of Technical Writing
  • Create the Full Range of Technical Documents with a Solid Structure
  • Decide on the Best Organization Pattern for Conveying Technical Information

The Task: Getting Started Efficiently

  • Use Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block
  • Evaluate Technical Data Based on the Writer’s Purpose and the Readers’ Concerns
  • Prepare Detailed Messages with a Style for Technical and Nontechnical Readers

The Techniques: Organizing Messages Strategically

  • Structure the Format to Enhance Presentations and Ideas
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Apply Best Practices for Displaying Visual Information

The Tweaks: Achieving Precision, Clarity, and Conciseness

  • Edit Language for Precision, Clarity, Conciseness
  • Choose Language for Appropriateness
  • Summarize Complex Issues with Authority

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

For Classroom, Live Online, Express Skills Courses and Webinar programs, you may:

  • Transfer to a future session.
  • Send someone to take your place.
  • Cancel for a 5% rescheduling fee up to three weeks prior to your program.
If you provide us with less than three weeks’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire program fee.

Please email us at [email protected]

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  • Mon, Jun 26 at 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 27 at 9:00am - 4:30pm
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