Monday, November 19, 2007

Technical Writing Today

The many changes in our technologically oriented society have led some to doubt the value of a liberal arts education and the literary skills it builds — but it has in fact led to a fresh need for them. Writers are in high demand to bridge the gap between the scientist/technician and the average person who uses their wares.

Chip Jones, President of the Atlanta chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, defines technical writing as "explaining technical information in terms that are easy to understand."

After graduating from college with a degree in English literature, Jones went a route familiar to literary types: "I tried high school teaching but decided it was not for me." So he returned to school for a graduate degree.

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