Technical Writing: Advanced Workshop

This workshop will help you refine your technical writing process and technique, and give you a fresh perspective on writing technical documents. You’ll hone writing skills that will improve your proficiency with any technical document. You’ll begin by reviewing your writing process and eliminating practices that have caused you difficulties in the past. You will also learn about strategies to improve communication between writers and readers, as well as methods to improve a document’s organization.

Please note that this is an advanced course. To get the most out of it and ensure your success, we strongly recommend completing the following courses prior to registering:

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Felicia Rubright $525.00 25 Register
Online - - TBD $525.00 25 Register

Instructional hours: 15

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Evaluate current writing theories in order to determine an appropriate approach to technical writing projects
  • Apply the five steps of the technical writing process to your projects
  • Create documents with a style and tone appropriate for the intended audience
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own technical writing process
  • Revise a piece of your technical writing for a specific audience, structure and style

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend 15 to 20 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Independent writing assignments
  • Extra reading
  • Online research and discussion groups
  • Quizzes

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

How will I be evaluated?

  • Assignments (65%)
  • Online participation (25%)
  • Quizzes (10%)

Textbooks and learning materials

Required text:

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard; Technical Communication Today, 6th ed: 2018. Pearson. ISBN 9780134425733, 0134425731

You can purchase this textbook through the Pearson or Vital Source website.  

Recommended text:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed, (or later): 2010. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226104201

Note: Courses use the author-date style from the Chicago/Turabian (17th ed.) citation guide.

Once you begin the course you'll be sent SFU library access information for this text. Alternatively, you may wish to download a 30-day free trial of the online version of Chicago Manual of Style

We will provide all other course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • Microsoft Word for writing and submitting assignments
  • High-speed internet access

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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