RE:English Major???

Subject: RE:English Major???
From: "G. Abenhaim" <g -dot- abenhaim -at- nhc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 11:16:08 -0500

Edwin says: "That definitely does not require an English degree, and
especially not an English degree in literature; it does require a
fundamental understanding of the mechanics of language that is beyond the
grasp of most university students (and many writers), including those in
technical writing majors."

No Offense Edwin. But I have an English degree with a major in English
Literature and have been a tech writer for over 10 years and no one has ever
complained about my writing. Thing is here in Canada, you can pick your own
courses with your major as long as the concentration courses are chosen as
well. One of the courses I had chosen for fun was Technical Writing. (A
Technical Writing Major does not exist here). And who wouldve thought that
this course would make an impression on me later in life?

All I am saying is it is not what your degree is in but what you decide to
do with your life. Tech writers today can come from Engineering, English,
Computer or even Biology majors and there are those exceptions where
technicians in the field end up being tech writers. So just to prove my
point, it doenst necessarily require an English degree whether in Literature
or in Writing but requires ANY degree that you want to specialize yourself
in according to the industry that interests you. All you need is a few
courses of tech writing to become a tech writer- and god knows some dont
even have those courses and are out there writing.
That goes back to the conversation postings last week about being
"certified" as a tech writer. For some, it is important and for others it is

Just my 2 cents in.



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