Technical Writing: Fundamentals


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $1,029

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This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Today’s employers are actively seeking the next generation of professional technical writers. In a fast-moving, ever-changing job market, it’s important to enhance your core writing skills with the latest concepts and techniques.

In this course, you’ll get a practical introduction to technical writing. We’ll explore different types of documents and audiences, discuss writing processes and styles, and enhance your planning and revision strategies. You’ll learn about the importance of storytelling — theme and narrative — in technical writing. We’ll also cover the collaborative nature of today’s technical writing.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze the audience and apply user-centered design
  • Trends in technical language and style
  • Principles for visual design and the creation of images and videos
  • How to write for mobile and touch interfaces
  • Social media distribution and search engine optimization techniques

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll apply what you learn to working on proposals, reports, presentations, video scripts, resumes and general workplace communication.

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Professional Technical Writing.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.