1. Introductions

2. Read the following article

3. Do the following search:

  • www.usajobs.gov search "technical writer"
  • www.monster.com search "writer" in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin
  • You should do this for every major, not just English.

3. So, what is it?

  • Writing that "occurs in contexts of consequence"
  • Writing that gets work done
  • Writing that has impact in the real world
    • Examples include, but are not limited to:
      • Grants (Since students and faculty have written grant applications on behalf of area nonprofits totaling more than $500,000)
      • Web Content
      • Manuals for Companies and businesses
      • Publicity manuals
      • Basically, any kind of writing you see
      • Legal Briefs
      • Police reports

4. Our graduates:

  • Write technical manuals for area refineries
  • Manage social media communications for local hospitals
  • Work as grant writers fundraisers for area non profits
  • Work as content managers for websites maintained by local businesses
  • Work in procurement for government agencies
  • Go to law school (and are successful when they get there--the biggest honor in law school is to write for the law review)

5. How to do it:

  • TPW combines words, images, and formatting to create documents intended for specific, real people that either:
    • Give them the information they need to perform a task they need to accomplish
    • Give them the information they need to take the action that needs to be taken

6. Consider these examples:

  • Group One

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  • Group Two

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7. Which ones do you think are most effective? Why?

  • What should a flier for an event have?

8. You have to create a campaign to assure people will attend an event.

  • What information does your reader need?
  • What should your documents look like?
  • In what modes or media should your document appear?

9. Studio time:

  • At the end of class, you will email yourself and me your work to keep your flier.

my email: charles.etheridge@tamucc.edu