TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: Tech Writer Responsibilities From:Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 25 Sep 1996 14:07:28 -0500
>I am curious. Should technical writers, whose normal responsibilities
> are within an IS organization, take offense when asked to write or edit
> marketing type articles and brochures? Is it proper that writers say,
> "I'm a technical writer and only write user manuals! I can't write
> maketing material."
Personally, I wouldn't take offense. I'd do the work, but I'd make two
1. It would impact my current workload. If the requester isn't in my
chain of command, I'd make sure my boss knew and approved.
2. I'd tell the requester that marketing is not my area of expertise,
but that I'd do the best job possible.
The second point is, I think, pretty important.
Chris Hamilton, Technical Writer
Greenbrier and Russel
chamilton -at- gr -dot- com