Writing as a career in IT

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Slides from our presentation to Year 11 children on writing as career in IT. We looked at the different writing postions in companies such as Apple, and then looked at the role of the Technical Author/Writer. The class had to write an instruction manual for a new eco-messaging product (aka a typewriter).

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  • Writing as a career in IT

    1. 1. Writing as a career Ellis Pratt cherryleaf.com
    2. 2. Overview1. Writing careers in IT2. Do words matter in an age of video?3. Being a Technical Author/Writer
    3. 3. 1
    4. 4. Exercise:Name some of the bestcompanies to work for
    5. 5. Two of the bestcompanies to work for
    6. 6. Do these companies employ writers?
    7. 7. Types of writing jobs in ITTechnical Writer Process/Procedures writerCopywriter Instructional DesignerUI Writer Information ArchitectEditor Web Content ManagerContent Developer
    8. 8. Exercise:
    9. 9. Kipling’s questions I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.
    10. 10. Match Kipling’s questions to the job roles CopywriterWhat Why Content DeveloperWhen How Information ArchitectWhere or Who? UI Writer Technical Writer Instructional Designer
    11. 11. Copywriter
    12. 12. Copywriter Why? What?
    13. 13. Content Developer Web Content Writer
    14. 14. Content Developer Web Content Writer Why? What?
    15. 15. Information Architect
    16. 16. Information Architect Where?
    17. 17. UI Writer
    18. 18. UI Writer What? How?
    19. 19. Technical Writer
    20. 20. Technical Writer How? What? Where? When?
    21. 21. Instructional Designer
    22. 22. Instructional Designer What? How? When? Why?
    23. 23. 2
    24. 24. Why do they hireprofessional writers? Do worms matter?
    25. 25. Who visits:
    26. 26. YouTube without words
    27. 27. Who buys from:
    28. 28. Source: Acrolinx
    29. 29. 3
    30. 30. What do TechnicalWriters/Authors do?
    31. 31. Explain how to use a product Using words, mostly
    32. 32. Exercise:you will write a user guide...
    33. 33. ....for one of these
    34. 34. There are five stages1. Researching the product & audience2. Planning the project3. Writing the Table of Contents4. Writing the topics5. Review and amend
    35. 35. There are five stages We’ll do three of them1. Researching the product & audience2. Planning the project3. Writing the Table of Contents4. Writing the topics5. Review and amend
    36. 36. 1. Researching the product
    37. 37. You talk to the“Subject Matter Expert”
    38. 38. You use the product
    39. 39. You use images, diagrams and/or screenshots
    40. 40. 2. Planning
    41. 41. Planning
    42. 42. Planning Who is the audience?What do you want them to be able to do? What is the scope? What is the level of detail? How will it be delivered?
    43. 43. To save time... Create a user guide on paperfor teachers in Matthew Arnold, that enables them to sendtypewritten messages to other teachers.
    44. 44. 3. Writing theTable of Contents
    45. 45. Exercise: Create a Table of Contents
    46. 46. Tip: Kipling’s questions I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.
    47. 47. So let’s research the product
    48. 48. Table of Contents:How did you get on?
    49. 49. Tip: Use Gerunds
    50. 50. Tip: Use Gerunds -ing words Opening, Saving
    51. 51. 4. Writing the topics
    52. 52. Exercise: Write a topic
    53. 53. Topics you could write Loading the paper Writing the message Making more than one copy Sending the message
    54. 54. Tip: Use the crib sheet
    55. 55. Tip: Use the crib sheet It explains how to presentdifferent types of information
    56. 56. Tip: The Active Voice
    57. 57. Tip: The Active Voice “Open the door”
    58. 58. Tip: The Active Voice “Open the door”Not “The door was opened”
    59. 59. Tip: Commas matter
    60. 60. Review & Reflect

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