Technical / Professional Writing and Editing
for the Defense Workforce

Course Duration: 3 Days |21 Duty Hours / Continuous Learning Points
Participants: Up to 28 participants
Audience: Defense workforce writers; military personnel, contractors,
civilian employees, and project partners.

This course blends the scopes of Plain Talk, Technical Writing: Tricks of the Trade, and Grammar 2.

Learners gain certification in plain language principles and earn 21 continuous learning points. This course qualifies for continuous learning points in DAWIA with self-certification of completion.

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A professional technical writer experienced in training defense employees leads this course. You revise your own non-sensitive, non-classified work product in this writing-intensive course.

  • Learn how to lead readers to the right action and convey complex information clearly, in 7 simple steps.
  • Learn the technical writing process; make your writing task easier and create higher-quality deliverables.
  • Acquire essential editing and proofreading skills for every form of writing.
  • Gain a solid mastery of grammar basics, avoid misunderstanding, and protect against risk and loss.
  • Write documents that stand up to scrutiny in a regulatory environment.

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A blend of lecture, activity, exercise, feedback, and discussion helps learners:

  • Assess an audience: primary, secondary, and stakeholder readers.
  • Plan and manage the writing process.
  • Plan and organize a document: purpose, form, and information design.
  • Learn grammar for process people: learn patterns and use if-then logic to make the right call every time.
  • Write brief, information-rich, clear statements to gain and hold readers’ attention.
  • Write great sentences and paragraphs to communicate key details.
  • Boost reading ease and usability through layout and design.
  • Make email work for readers to get things done safely, quickly, and well.
  • Write powerful technical letters, memos, reports, and directives. Take home 10 different templates.
  • Work in and lead technical writing teams.
  • Use data visuals and technical visuals properly, at the right time.