This unique workshop concentrates on the special skills needed by technical people to ensure their writing has a positive impact on their readers.

You will take part in a fun science experiment using household materials which will then form a project running through the workshop. You will write a set of instructions, describe processes, write a short test report and edit documents based around this experiment.

Who should attend?

Anyone in a technical profession who needs to write reports, including IT staff and engineers.


  • Translate complex and innovative ideas into clear, logical and technically accurate documents
  • Produce technical information for non specialist audiences
  • Help your readers to take action or make decisions effectively

Learning Objectives

  • Learn techniques to tailor information to your reader
  • Identify the features of and differences between various types of technical documents
  • Become a more critical editor of technical documents 

Course Outline

Understanding your Reader

  • Differentiating audiences
  • Building information about your readers
  • Focusing on your readers’ needs
  • Using a reader analysis chart
  • Generating content

 Processes and Instructions

  • Giving instructions
  • Describing a piece of equipment
  • Describing a process

Test and Lab Reports

  • Purpose and structure
  • Titles and abstracts
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion


  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Technical language
  • Giving definitions
  • Editing process


Course information

Length: 2 days

Maxium class size: 16