Technical Writing - Online Course
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Develop skills to write technical information for a variety of different purposes.
Write reports, instruction manuals, technical articles, marketing material, etc.
Professional development course for anyone working in a technical field, from consultants and teachers to scientists and engineers.
The following steps are a broad guide to getting started as a freelance writer:
1. Identify the area(s) of writing that interest you.
2. Research the market place to get a feel for what other successful writers are doing. Visit bookshops, and buy newspapers and magazines to see what’s currently being published. Get a feel for what publishers want and look for gaps in the market.
3. Develop your writing skills. Start off small and hone your skills by contributing to newsletters published by your school, work or social club. You could enter short story competitions or even try writing short articles for local newspapers or hobby or trade magazines. Don’t be disappointed if your articles are rejected – at this stage the aim is to practise your writing and to get a feel for what is acceptable in the marketplace.
4. Develop a personal reference library. Collect examples of other writers’ work in the areas that interest you. Books, newspaper articles and magazines are not only a useful information resource, they also help you to develop an awareness of how other successful writers write!
5. Develop your selling skills! Build up contacts with publishers and organisations in your chosen area of writing.
ACS student comments:
"I think the course is a valuable learning
experience as I feel I’m being challenged along the way. Generally, I am
impressed with the service I have received from ACS since enrolling.
The enrolment process was very quick and all email support has been
prompt and helpful. The tutors seem very pleasant and helpful in their
remarks, and this keeps me motivated. It is very encouraging when they
offer additional information or ask questions of me/my writing."
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