During the program participants will learn metaphors for distinguishing different aspects of a how-to text that will help them break down masses of information into learner-friendly units quickly and efficiently. The facilitator will review the writing process from acquisition of the content to structuring and formatting how-to steps in various types of technical documents.
Participants will also learn how to create introductory narratives that explain the purpose of each how-to segment and engage and motivate the learner. The facilitator will share examples that get this job done in two or three sentences, and participants will practice creating narratives for their own work as well. This program also touches on, but do not explore in detail, writing voiceover scripts for e-learning to accompany the step-by-step instructions.
Participants will write narratives and step-by-step instructions for topics presented in the workshop, and may also opt to write examples from their own work. Live beta testing will provide immediate feedback on writing and instructions. At the completion of each session, participants will receive direct feedback and engage in lively discussion that reinforces effective technical writing habits and techniques.