Technical Writing and Science Communication


Participants in this course will learn how to ensure that their readers do not miss the main point or spend unnecessary time searching for key information. Although documents are varied and often complex; they must be clear, understandable, and accurate. 100% clarity is the primary goal.Shipley Group writing strategies agree with and illustrate many of the guidelines from This course does not address environmental writing, NEPA, nor the writing of EAs and EISs. 


After completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Determine what you want readers to know and to understand from your document.

  • Design a document to catch your readers' interests and needs, by "telling the story."

  • Make the writing process more efficient and a less time-consuming chore.

  • Write for the right purposes and the right audience.

  • Use computer formats and other templates efficiently.

  • Review documents for clarity and effectiveness.


  • Learn to create 100% clarity in every document.

  • Learn to make the right point every time.

  • Learn to state your ideas accurately and understandably.

  • Learn to keep key information up-front and easy to find.

  • Enhance document clarity and credibility with correct spelling.

  • Create more persuasive language with effective word usage.

  • Correctly structure writing by understanding the parts of speech and proper sentence structure.


Workshop participants include people who need to write clear and readable documents in any situation. Participants will learn how to improve their emails, memos, and all other avenues of written communication.


Taught with 20 percent lecture, 30 percent discussion, and 50 percent hands-on exercises.Right Writing allows practice and interaction which leads to better application after the course.


The workshop uses two Shipley Group publications: Right Writing Manual and Documentation Strategies for Business and Technical Writers. Right Writing focuses on 14 quality standards (features of effective documents) and includes exercises based on actual business documents. Documentation Strategies, a condensed version the Franklin Covey Style Guide, is a basic reference on the skills listed above; it is also a useful reference on questions about document formats, punctuation rules, and correct word choice.