Technical texts – the type of texts limited to dry instructions nobody wants to read and specialised documents that give non-professionals a headache? Not at all! Which is what Catherine Labedzka has convinced us of during the online meeting “The Lost Art of Technical Writing: Antmicro, Silicon Valley and Going to Mars” on the 3rd of December.
Nowadays, an increasingly bigger part of a technical writer’s job is to draft “science reports”, which are texts about advanced technologies meant for a wider audience. These texts include, amongst others, press releases, screencasts, blog posts, and even tweets. Our guest from Antmicro emphasised that in order to write technical texts well, one not only needs to be knowledgeable about the subject, but also highly competent linguistically, as communication is crucial in this case. Which is why a technical writer should be able to adopt a suitable style, present facts in a concise manner, and engage the audience.
To sum up, technical writing is an interesting career path, which combines different fields. As a result, technical writers never stop growing professionally and personally. After all, they not only perfect their writing style and expand knowledge about technology related topics, but also constantly develop their interpersonal skills of communication).