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Free technical writing courses and books
Some alternative learning sources
In this blog post, I want to highlight the not-so-mainstream approaches to learning about technical writing. I have found these resources to be helpful for people who want to learn more about documentation or want to improve their skills as a writer. I think its important for all writers to constantly improve their skills and learn as much as possible.
The writers of this project have put together a great introduction to technical writing. It reads like a text book with an emphasis on audience, document design, and the research process. The writers used the Open Press publishing service which offers a nice textbook design that is easy to navigate through. I recommend the chapter on outlines but the whole book is full of great information.
The author, David McMurrey, has a great site full of technical writing related materials. The author has take great care in the table of contents. The structure makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. David is an industry expert and so the information he provides compliments his expertise. Every link is a gold mind of information, but I would suggest looking specifically into his article on the Writing Process and the links that follow from that.
While the website isn’t the most attractive and the information is rather old, the truths contained in this site will still help you understand the technical writers’ role and process for creating readable documentation. Level 1 of the course focuses more on the writing aspect where as level 2 focuses on the presentation and design of documentation. I would pick and choose which topics you want to learn about.
I hope these links help you in your journey on becoming a technical writer or help you improve more on your skills. If you liked this article and want to learn more about documentation consider leaving a comment suggesting what you’d like to see more of.