This seminar will begin with a general discussion of technical writing
and its role within the life sciences. Technical writers produce a
variety of technical documents that are required to manage and direct
regulated operations and to meet regulatory requirements. We will spend
some time in this webinar discussing those document types, their
importance, and the consequences of the messages are unclear or
After setting the stage for this content, we delve
into the writing process beginning with the audience and how the
audience must be analyzed to determine the level of writing that must be
employed to complete the document.
Gathering the information to
be included in the technical document requires collaboration between the
writer and the various subject matter experts that possess the
knowledge to be harvested. How that information is gathered can be an
effective efficient process or an ineffective time-consuming endeavor
all dependent upon the techniques employed to execute the activity. We
will address the most effective techniques for extracting information
from SMEs as well as those techniques that work best when observing
procedures and activities to be documented.
Why you should attend
with the advent of technology, we still communicate with the written
word. Technical writing is about conveying information quickly,
accurately, clearly, and succinctly. How we communicate, how we are
understood, and how the message is received directly depends upon our
skills as technical writers. In the life sciences, this skill is
In the life sciences, the stakes are high
in terms of the writing's ability to enable 100% accurate understanding
of the content and where applicable, performance of the task or
procedure documented. In the life sciences, that could mean the
difference between life or death, safety or injury, loss or recovery,
contamination or purity, success or failure.
technical writing is not a skill that is given much emphasis in college
curriculums if any. Technical writing is a skill, life sciences workers
are assumed to have and are expected to demonstrate at a level of skill
usually beyond the capability of most. Unfortunately, most readers of
technical writing are in the "same boat." They "don't know a good one
when they see one." At the end of the day, in most cases, you have
mediocre writing at best that may or may not convey the message
This virtual seminar will walk you through the
technical writing process from start to finish. Each critical aspect of
writing technical documents for the life sciences will be addressed with
the goal of helping you become better technical writers. The tips and
skills presented can be applied immediately and will be evident in the
very first document that you write after this virtual seminar.
Who Will Benefit
in the life sciences that is tasked with writing technical material to
include standard operating procedures and work instructions
- Associate Directors
Charles H. Paul is the President
of C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc. - a regulatory, manufacturing, training,
and technical documentation consulting firm - celebrating its twentieth
year in business in 2017. Charles has been a regulatory and management
consultant and an Instructional Technologist for 30 years and has
published numerous white papers on various regulatory and training
subjects. The firm works with both domestic and international clients
designing solutions for complex training and documentation issues.
has held senior positions in consulting and in corporate training
development prior to forming C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc.. He also worked
for several years in government contracting managing the development of
significant Army-wide training development contracts impacting
virtually all of the active Army and changing the training paradigm
throughout the military.
He has dedicated his entire professional career explaining the benefits of performance-based training
Time: 08:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT
- What is technical writing, and what role does technical writing play in the life sciences?
- Technical writers in the life sciences - what do they write - types of medium
- Analyzing the audience
- Analyzing the information - working with Subject Matter Experts
- Planning the content
- Formats, consistency and styles
- Non-native audience considerations
- Grammar, spelling, punctuation, numbers and symbols
- Simplify your writing
- Ensuring accuracy
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