RE: What tech writers do (TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 13, Issue 9)

Subject: RE: What tech writers do (TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 13, Issue 9)
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 09:26:43 -0500

Melissa said...

Hi All,

I will representing Michigan Tech and technical writers in general at
National College Fair next week in Baltimore. I was hoping to put
together a
list of what tech writers do, so that when I am asked that question,
I can
give some interesting answers, and not just the generic "write
manuals and
stuff" reply.

I would really appreciate some help in replying to what we do. I can
them a list of what I do...but then again, that might scare them
away. :)
Also, if anyone has advice for me to pass on to young innocent souls
who may
wish to become tech writers...let me know!



My company recently signed a deal to be the corporate sponsor for the
new on-campus stadium the local university is building.

As an alum and a season ticket holder, I took on a "self-sponsored"
project that has started gaining some traction with the folks in Public
Relations and the executives: I dabbled in Illustrator and played with
our department's plotter to create a 24" x 36" poster superimposing the
2006 football schedule over an artist's rendition of the new stadium
(still under construction), complete with columns to track the predicted
score, actual score, W/L, and season-to-date record.

Of course, the idea will be to update this prior to next season and use
it as a promo souvenir / giveaway item, but I have to admit it is one of
the more enjoyable projects I've worked on since I've been here. It has
also been about the best thing to come out of our team's football
program this year, with a miserable 2-7 record after having played for
the conference championship last year... ugh...

So I guess you could add sports-related posters to the list of things we
tech writers do. ;-)

Ken Nuckols
Orlando, Florida

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