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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Learn the Critical Elements of Successful Technical Writing (5316)

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Start Date:  5/3/2017 7:30 AM PST
End Date:  5/3/2017 4:00 PM PST
Venue Name:  David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Location:  2100 SW River Parkway
   Portland, OR United States  97201
Organization Name: ACEC Oregon
Contact: Merideth Webber
   Phone: (503) 292-2348

Learn the Critical Elements of
Successful Technical Writing 

Correct bad habits and reinforce good habits

All messages fit within a broad communication environment. The large amount of technical information that professionals must consolidate and explain in technical documents requires skills to ensure that the information is understood by the intended audience. This course explores methods for understanding the communication context, guiding the selection and organization of information, revealing the structural plan for the information, integrating visuals, and communicating with effective sentences and paragraphs.

You will learn the critical elements of technical writing: 

  • Audience and purpose
  • Organizational strategies
  • Document design principles (including effective use of graphics)
  • Writing and revision methods

Engineers, scientists, and technical writers and editors who spend much of their time writing, revising, and editing documents will find this workshop useful in honing their technical communication skills.

  • The feedback was phenomenal. I’m actually surprised because I never see our scientists and engineers get that enthusiastic about something.
  • Examples and exercises were helpful. Good overall and applicable to my work.
  • Writer view and organization was great—what our company needed.
  • Very useful, applicable material.
  • Very knowledgeable and well-spoken with concrete topics.
  • Presenter made content easy to understand.
  • Covered items we debate about in the office.
  • Common errors and mistakes in daily writing were clearly covered.
  • Very thorough, and materials given to us were very helpful—especially since we can take handbooks with us.
  • Interactive and open discussions.
  • I am beginning to write reports and this was great information to get me started. 
  • Good review of passive (voice) vs. active. 
  • Very informative; good instructor. 
  • Corrected bad habits and reinforced good habits. Clarified technical questions. 
  • Topics were spot on to what I deal with at work. Examples that Jan used in discussion and for practice were useful/helpful. 
  • Definitely made me reconsider how I approach writing. 
  • Lots of great content; new ways to view old problems. 


Dr. Jan Spyridakis is Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She has a long history of providing high-level instruction both in industry and at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of six teaching and seven research awards.

  • 7:30 a.m. - Check-in and breakfast 
  • 8:00 a.m. - Program begins (includes lunch) 
  • 4:00 p.m. - Conclusion

Program is good for 7 (seven) continuing professional development credits. 

SAVE $$! Register by April 3, 2017
Registration includes course notebook, breakfast and lunch. 
  by 4-3-17 after 4-3-17
Members & their guests
If your firm is an ACEC Oregon member, 
then you are a member. 



Non-members are welcome to attend!

April 28, 2017
(If it's past the deadline and there is still room we can get you in! Call 503.292.2348.)

Cancellations must be received by April 21, 2017.  

David Evans and Associates, Inc. 
2100 SW River Parkway 
Portland, OR  97201

There are a few parking garages nearby: 
  • RiverPlace @ The Strand, 1852 SW River Drive ($16 max.) 
  • City Center Parking, 1875 SW River Drive ($16 max.) 
  • Montgomery Garage, 309 SW Montgomery Street ($10 max.) 


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Registration is Closed
Closed:   5/3/2017 8:00 AM

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