Re: Where do we fit in?

Subject: Re: Where do we fit in?
From: Kathryn Marshall <kmarshall -at- MODACAD -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 09:58:14 -0700

I guess I should have clarified. I asked because there seems to be a
split in my company as to how much the tech writers can/should be doing.
I personally want to be able to write for our Web site, contribute to
the marketing materials, help develop a Corporate style guide, etc -- in
addition to writing manuals. But I feel like I'm being pigeonholed as
someone that can only write technical documentation (which is not
true!!!). I want to see how other small companies handle it and how tech
writers feel about it.

(By the way, we currently have no Marketing writers or editors. All that
writing is handled by non-writers. They want me to be involved, but I'm
getting a little resistance from the Engineering department -- hence
feeling like I must choose between one or the other.)


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> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU; kmarshall -at- MODACAD -dot- COM
> Subject: Re: Where do we fit in?
> I have worked at several companies and have been associated with
> a
> different department at each. I don't know that it matters where
> you
> sit, but that you get the information you need, when you need it.
> Curent employer: An in-house contracting agency.
> Former employers: Field Service Department
> Engineering Department
> Marketing Department
> Don Timmerman, dtimmerman -at- anl -dot- gov
> Senior Technical Writer
> Argonne National Laboratory (near Chicago)
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> Subject: Where do we fit in?
> Author: Kathryn Marshall <kmarshall -at- MODACAD -dot- COM> at ipdlink
> Date: 5/11/98 9:28 AM
> Just curious: Are technical writers at your company part of the
> Development group (aka Engineering department) --- or some other
> department (Marketing, Customer Support, QA, etc.)?
> I've always been grouped with the Engineers. I've also always worked
> for
> small software companies (under 100 employees). This has had its
> pluses
> and minuses. Pluses because I'm always included with the latest
> development stuff; minuses because people think I can write user
> manuals
> and nothing else.
> -Kathy
> &^~~~
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