Technical writing is the skill of providing instructional information to an end user, developer or machine.
This instruction most often take the form of written text and as this is the most common form of delivering information about products, the term “technical writing“ became a commonly used term to refer to this skill.
The instructional information is created with the goal of helping the user to understand, prepare for, use or maintain the products you provided. The instructional information can take different forms depending on the target consumer.
Technical writing is the basis for developing a holistic set of user assistance which includes written text, visual content, video and multimedia content as well as strategies for delivering helpful guidance and assistance for the user. When developing your content using the principles of technical writing you create content that is clearly and consistently structured and organized. The way to structure and organize the content is predefined and follows organization specific rules.
Technical writing allows the content to be:
One common miss belief around technical writing that it is only for professional dealing with documentation. Well, I can tell you that it is not!
Technical writing is a skill that allows you to work full time as a technical writer, but it still remains a skill. This means that you need technical writing if you are:
This school is a private school for technical writers, established by Jordan Stanchev.
Jordan has more than 19 years of experience in the industry. He started off as a Java developer and later on became an information developer.
As a tech writer, Jordan made quite a career staring off from junior information developer and growing into a senior technical writer and then becoming a knowledge architect and user assistance development architect at SAP - a Fortune 500 company!
Here is what he has to add: "As there was no formal training for technical writers at the time, I had to create and teach technical writing courses for my new colleagues.
As time went by, I found out that there is no such training at all in my country as well as in many other countries in the world! As I wanted to bring the knowledge about the technical writing profession to other people, I had to develop such a program from scratch. Today, I use it to teach and train technical writing to hundreds of students so far.
My technical writing training program is now delivered in New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria helping students learn new skills and get ready for one of the professions of the future: technical writing!"
"Jordan's excellent course on taxonomies has helped me to consolidate my understanding of what it takes to build intelligent content. I will certainly apply this knowledge to the new documentation project that I'm about to start!"
- Anne Tarnoruder, Senior Technical Writer at Synopsys Inc, API documentation expert
"I find Jordan's course perfectly structured (as you would expect of a specialist in the field) in a way that helps you grasp the concept of technical writing. It helped me quickly develop practical skills through exercises with easy to follow instructions and examples. The Facebook page of this course provided me with a supportive community and additional webinars held by the lecturer, which is a great asset for acquiring more diverse skills needed by a technical writer. Now I feel prepared to apply for my first technical writing job. "
- Karina Delcheva