Re: Good tech writing schools?

Subject: Re: Good tech writing schools?
From: "Jane Bergen" <jbergen1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Sarah Park" <cul8r_98 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "Techwr-L List" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 21:42:58 -0600

Sarah,

Lots of universities now offer degrees either in technical writing or
that are technical writing related, but the key is understanding what
your own goals are.... forget schools that "teach" RoboHelp or Word or
FrameMaker. More important is concentration on users...learning how
they learn, how they communicate, etc. Look for schools that
concentrate on communication theory, information design, etc.

In Texas, the University of North Texas at Denton (my alma mater) and
Texas Tech University in Lubbock have very highly-regarded programs. I
believe that Texas Tech has some online courses, as do many other
universities.

You've probably just stoked the very old fires of past debates on
whether a technical writer even NEEDs a degree, but I hope everyone
will just ...sigh...look at the archives for those discussions and
stick to answering your question about *which* type of program to
pursue.

Jane Bergen


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sarah Park" <cul8r_98 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 7:06 PM
Subject: Good tech writing schools?


> Dear TECHWR-L subscribers,
>
> I am considering a career change and would like to enter the
technical
> writing profession. I have general knowledge in the use of several
> industry programs such as MS Word and Adobe Framemaker. I am
uncertain
> whether I should pursue a degree program or certificate program in
> technical writing. Can any of you offer suggestions? Also, I was
> wondering if you know the best schools that offer tech. writing
> programs? The location is not important, since I am willing to
travel
> anywhere in North America to attend a good school. I would greatly
> appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Sarah Park






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