Top tech writers go back to university

PRESS RELEASE dated 2004-04-28

Sheffield Hallam University (www.shu.ac.uk) recently hosted an informal meeting of technical writers from high-tech industries.

The gathering was organized by Nancy Halverson, who recently moved to the UK from Waterloo, Canada. "I really missed having contact with other technical communicators," said Nancy. "It's just so great to be in a room full of people discussing communication ideas, practices and tools, so I decided to set up the event." Florence Dujardin, who is a course tutor on the MA in Technical Communications at Sheffield Hallam University, kindly arranged the venue.

Andrew Swartz from Serco Usability Services (www.serco.com/experiencelab/) started the event with a fascinating insight into website usability. Then Mike Unwalla from TechScribe led a workshop on marketing and promotion for freelance writers. Finally, Florence spoke about educational issues in the technical communications field.

"This was a really upbeat event, and very well organized. It offered a rare chance for a very diverse group of technical communication professionals to get together and share our experiences and ideas. For me, it set a standard in what professional networking should be about," said Nick Rosenthal, Managing Director of Manchester-based localization company Salford Translations Ltd (www.salftrans.co.uk).

Participants at the technical writer's meeting

From left to right: Mike Unwalla, Andrew Swartz, Tina Hoffman, Nancy Halverson, David Williams, Florence Dujardin, Nick Rosenthal and Brian Parkinson.

The event was a resounding success and will be repeated in a few months. Anyone who works in technical communication or technical PR is welcome to attend. For more details contact Nancy Halverson on 0114 242 8162 or nancy.halverson@btopenworld.com.

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