Technical Writing Foundations | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Technical Writing Foundations

Course Description

In this course, participants will learn the foundations for successful technical writing. We will develop a definition of technical writing, explore tools for planning your writing project, practice exercises for clear, concise and logical writing, and begin a writing project. The focus is on planning. Please come prepared to discuss a current project.

Real-World Application

Planning. Students will start to develop a technical writing brief for their projects.



Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define technical writing
  • Define the purpose of their project
  • Ask relevant questions
  • Analyze their audiences
  • Develop a work plan
  • Pick an organizational pattern
  • Identify active voice and parallel construction
  • Edit for conciseness
  • Format for readability
  • Develop a technical writing brief


  • Technical Writing
  • Work Plans
  • Effective Writing Techniques
  • Technical Writing Briefs

Course Content

Defining technical writing

  • Definition from Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Left brain vs Right Brain
    • Technical vs. Business Writing
    • Your Uses of Technical Writing
    • Insightful Thoughts
  • Planning to Write
    • Purpose… the Big TO
    • Exercise 1: P&J for Arnold the Alien
    • Audience Analysis
    • Questions
    • Project Plan
    • Organizational Pattern

Writing (exercises)

  • Active vs. passive
  • Indicative vs imperative (command) mood
  • Parallelism
  • Conciseness
  • Simplicity
    • Formal vs. informal
  • Writing and Formatting
    • White Space
    • Visuals
  • Developing and completing the technical brief (exercise)


November 17, 2017
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

CEUs: 0.7


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, Oh 44115 (map)

Fee: $350

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class. No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class.