FinanceTechWriters: Sydney network

Subject: FinanceTechWriters: Sydney network
From: Irene Wong <wongword -at- OZEMAIL -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 19:58:33 +1100

Preparing communications about financial issues does require
professional communication skills. However, I have found that most
technical communicators find this difficult to understand. The major
difference with, for example, computer documentors is that we work in
different environments with different subject matter experts. For
example: John Brockmans's book is still a most useful source to me. This
is despite the fact that it is primarily addressing computer
documentation. I also need Horton's and Hackos' books.
Perhaps having an economics degree has helped me. However, it is my
communication experience that carries most days.

Some of my users may use consumer products which you document.

Legal and financial communicators of the world unite!

In recognition of this need, an informal network of financial and legal
writers is being formed in Sydney. Originally it was planned to be a
lunchtime meeting in the CBD. However, from the interest expressed so
far there appears to be a demand for an after work meeting as well. If
you are interested then some details follow after my sign off.
Irene Wong
Senior Editor
Australian Securities Commission

Financial and legal editors? and writers? network

Are you interested in meeting other professional financial and legal
writers and editors? Do you publish paper documents, on an intranet, the
Internet or on a CD-ROM?

Do you plan, write or edit any of the following documents?
· insurance policies
· proposals
· annual reports
· legal commentary
· forms
· analysts reports
· consultants reports
· tender documents
· training materials
· highly technical brochures.

If you answered yes to these questions, you may be interested in joining
us for informal lunch time discussions about writing and editing for
financial and legal audiences.

We?ll discuss such topics as:
· In what section should a writer or editor be located? (ie with a
marketing/public relations team or with subject matter experts)
· How can I encourage staff to think about our audience?
· How would I start a plain English program?
· Will they ever understand how an editor/professional writer can help
· How will my writing style change if I am publishing electronically?
· What is special about writing a training manual?

If this sounds like the questions you ask yourself, then get in touch
with Danielle Sinani, Publishing Manager, Australian Securities
Commission (ASC) or Irene Wong, Senior Editor, ASC. If there is enough
interest [and to date there certainly is] in an informal network of
writers and editors in the central business district of Sydney, then
Danielle will arrange the first meeting.[maybe an afternnon meeting
might also be needed]

Send the following information to Danielle: your name, areas of
interest, suggested topics, the days would you be free at lunchtime,
phone number, fax number, email address.
02 9911 2612 (phone), 02 9911 2615 (fax), wongword -at- ozemail -dot- com -dot- au

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