RE: What tech writers "do"

Subject: RE: What tech writers "do"
From: "Melissa Nelson" <melmis36 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2006 09:33:34 -0500


Thanks so much for all the replies!! I tried to thank everyone personally,
but you are all so wonderful and I received a ton of emails. So thanks so
much to everyone that replied.

I will be at the Fair promoting MTU and their STC program. I feel like your
responses will help me give the prospective students a look at the many
fields and oppurtunities that are available to tech writers. I am constantly
amazed at how diverse a field this is....actually I am amazed at how diverse
my own job can be on a day to day basis.

Thanks again everyone!!

Melissa
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From: "Dori Green" <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com>
Reply-To: dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: RE: What tech writers "do"
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 08:38:47 -0500
>Great lists of the different documents we create!
>
>I cannot speak for anyone else, but what I "do" follows:
>
>As a technical writer, I translate information from "-ese"
(Engineering-ese,
>Education-ese, Chemical-ese, Qualit-ese) into English so that it can be
>understood by the rest of us (line workers, hassled managers, etc.).
>
>Usually this translation takes the form of documents. Sometimes it is
>charts or photo essays. Once in a while we stray into full training
>programs and facilitation or even mediation until understanding is
achieved.
>
>Two very good skill acquisition tools for this job are crossword and
jigsaw
>puzzles. It's also helpful to have some solid background (3-5 years) in
>Latin and German, along with a bit of work in Linguistics, Rhetoric, and
>Mathematical Logic.
>
>Dori Green
>Technical Writer, QMS Project
>Associated Brands, Inc.
>
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