Here are the notes of a lecture delivered on Technical Writing. I found it very interesting and wanted to share it with my readers because it gives yet another insight into the profession for those who are beginners or considering technical writing as a viable alternative.
These lecture notes may help experienced writers as well who are intending to teach a class or deliver a similar lecture.
You may wish to use these notes together with another related resource posted on this blog: Introduction to Technical Writing Tutorial.
Here are the opening paragraphs of these LiveJournal lecture notes by author “patrickjw”:
“TECH WRITING LECTURE
Today I guest lectured to a Tech Writing class at one of the local community colleges.
The professor and I are friends from a gaming group. When she found out I was a tech writer by trade, she asked if I’d be interested in guest lecturing to her Technical Writing course. I for some reason said yes. Today was that day.
Students do not always believe their professors about what is really important. This class is a required class for most students and sometimes (most times) they don’t really understand why they have to take the class. The professor wanted someone with actual experience in the field to talk and drive the point home.
For those interested, behind the cut are my lecture notes.”