Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?

Subject: Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
To: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- soleratec -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:56:59 -0500

Leonard, I think a good technical writer is an artisan/craftsperson.

That's what distinguishes skilled practitioners. The trick is deciding where
one might want to draw the line at artisan, a la the discussion of
certification. People can be artisans with the tools-of-the-trade,
organization, development, explanation, etc.

Kathleen

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Leonard C. Porrello <
Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- soleratec -dot- com> wrote:

> For starters, I would never refer to us as "wordsmiths." Software
> engineers aren't called codesmiths; surgeons aren't called bodysmiths;
> lawyers aren't called lawsmiths; actuaries aren't called statsmiths; and
> even a dentist, whose work is very close to that of the artisan, isn't
> called a toothsmith. Technical writing is similar to other processions,
> and it is not an artisan skill or craft.
>
> Leonard
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References:
Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Geoffrey Marnell
RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Leonard C. Porrello

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