Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 15:16:00 -0700

Nancy originally wrote that she and her coworkers were
hired to document banking procedures and asked if they
were technical writers. If she hasn't been driven completely
off the list by this thread, perhaps she'll tell us what she
thinks about being told that what she was hired to do is
not technical writing.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
> I never stated nor suggested that technical writers were not technical
> writers because some of their writing is business writing. I never
> got into
> the discussion about the validity of a person's job title. My
> discussion
> has always been focused on the fact that business writing is not
> synonymous
> with technical writing. There are different classes of writing and
> one
> writer can write in each class.
>
> A technical writer can produce some business documentation without
> giving up
> the title of technical writer. Anyone who writes a procedures manual
> is
> performing technical writing because procedure manuals fall under the
> class
> of technical writing. If that person also prepares a financial
> summary,
> which is business writing and not technical writing, then that person
> has
> not relinquished the title of technical writer, but has incorporated a
> style
> of writing that is not technical writing.

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