I want to thank my subscribers for maintaining your subscription even though I’ve not blogged much lately. And I want to tell you what’s coming.
In July of this year, I earned my Masters of Arts degree in English from Northern Arizona University. (That’s the reason I haven’t blogged much these last two years–school!) And now I’m launching my own freelance technical writing and technical-writer training business! Here’s a quick overview; I’ll provide much richer information after the New Year:
My company is ClearPoint Technical Communication. (See my web site at www.clearpointtechcomm.com. Don’t expect great things yet; I haven’t finished the content. On the other hand, if you have suggestions, please send them.) In addition to offering technical writing and editing services, I am developing two training programs for technical writers:
- The first is called “The Future of Technical Communication is NOW,” which is based on my forthcoming book by the same name. This program teaches technical writers to write product documentation that is clear, concise, and complete using a method I have developed. The program and book also provide workarounds to the challenges many technical writers face when working with Agile development teams. The NOW training program will include a copy of the book, a workbook, and onsite or online-training depending on the needs of the writers taking the class.
- The second program is tentatively titled “Beyond the Bulleted List: Plain Language in Technical Communication” (BBL for short). Also based on a second book I’m writing, BBL teaches technical writers to apply plain-language principles to the unique challenges that technical communication presents, such as writing user-focused product documentation and keeping technical documentation free of marketing and unnecessary technical jargon. Like the NOW program, the BBL program will include a book I’m writing by the same name, a workbook, and onsite or online training.
If you’re interested in either of these programs or their accompanying materials, it’s not too early to get in touch. Just email me with your questions or to express an interest, and we’ll go from there.
I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead. I’ll be sharing more information after the New Year. In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa–in sum, Happy Holidays!