Re: Education for tech writers

Subject: Re: Education for tech writers
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: Win Day <winday -at- home -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 21:12:19 -0500

Win Day wrote:
> At 08:26 AM 3/21/00 -0500, you wrote:
> <SNIP>

> >Perhaps if engineers had more of the liberal arts education many of the
> >difficulties I read about in this group would disappear.
> >BTW certification programs are important and necessary but, as I have
> >stated above, that should come after a liberal arts degree.
> Ooooh, them's fighting words!
> Please don't generalize about engineers. I've met many engineers who can
> write VERY well. I've also met a number of liberal arts graduates who were
> terrible writers.

Agreed. And I know accountants who can't add or think and lawyers who
don't know the law and doctors who don't give a d--- for their patients
health. The list goes on and on. I did not generalize. Merely expressed
an observation. See below.

> My clients hire me so their engineers and scientists can do what they're
> hired to do. They weren't hired to write; I was. It's not that they
> can't, it's just not their job to do so.

Again, agreed. But then why are there so many postings about the
frustrations that TW's are encountering with engineers?


Arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig.
You soon realize they both enjoy it.

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