Technical Writing: Production Techniques & Technologies


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $1,070

Next Start Date:

April 3, 2019

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

Contemporary professional technical writing is all about developing and distributing content quickly, efficiently and in multiple digital and printed formats. In this course, you’ll receive a hands-on introduction to the methods used to move technical communication from thoughts to words to widely distributed content. Learn the major tools and technologies you need to transform raw information to final copy for delivery to desktop, laptops, mobile devices and more.

During the course you’ll work to develop online user assistance content, e-books, websites, print publications, digital content and videos. And we’ll discover how usability testing can connect you to the world of user experience design and development.

What You’ll Learn

  • The right design techniques for different document types
  • How to select and work with appropriate content elements, typography and color
  • The right balance of text and images for conveying information
  • How to choose the right publishing solution and production technique
  • Usability testing techniques
  • Structured authoring methods to separate content data from presentation

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll gain practice using Adobe Technical Communication Suite, Camtasia and Microsoft Publisher, along with other user assistance authoring, page design and image creation tools.

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 »

Course Sessions


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