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Subject:Re: Entering in Tech Writing Resources From:Mark Johnson <Mark_Johnson -at- INTUIT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 15 Jan 1997 18:25:42 -0800
Melissa Lowery wrote:
> Oh Great Experienced Tech Writers:
> I made the transition from academia to the tech writing field after
> two and a half year "apprenticeship" where I taught myself much of
> I know (with the wonderful help of cyber-resources like this list).
> have told several English major friends of mine about the TW field
> job, they expressed interest in learning about technical
> a possible career (full-time, tenure track academic posts are
> rarity so many grad students are beginning to scope out
I recently wrote an article on this very topic--my experiences as an
English PhD working as a technical writer in the software industry (I
work for Intuit). The article,"Professions Beyond the Academy," is in
a Modern Language Association publication called "Profession 1996."
"Profession" is mailed to all members of the MLA. It came out in
If you don't know any MLA members to borrow "Profession" from, try a
university library's periodical section. If this doesn't work, try a
bookstore; the ISBN is 0-87352-683-X. You could also contact the
MLA: 10 Astor Place, NY, NY 10003-6981. (212) 614-6381