A directory of resources inthe field of technical communication (and technical writing).


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American Society of Journalists and Authors

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's leading organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of more than 1,000 outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement.

American Society of Journalists and Authors. Organizations>Writing>Journalism


The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing   (members only)

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing was formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline. ATTW today has approximately 1,000 members and includes both graduate and undergraduate students of technical communication as well as professional technical communicators in business and industry.

ATTW. Organizations>Education>TC>Technical Writing


Black Writers Alliance

Blackwriters.org is the first literary arts organization to utilize the power of the online medium to educate, inform, support and empower aspiring and published Black writers. The Black Writers Alliance (BWA) is dedicated to providing information, news, resources and support to Black writers while promoting the Internet as a tool for research and fellowship among the cultural writing community.

Black Writers Alliance. Organizations>Writing>Ethnicity


Consortium for the Study of Engineering Communication

The Consortium for the Study of Engineering Communication consists of individual engineering communication scholars from six professional organizations and ten universities who are interested in research relating to the Acreditation Board for Engineering and Technology's Engineering Criteria 2000, expecially EC3(g): 'the ability to communicate effectively.' They are working together on research and development projects to identify best communication practices of successful engineers in industry and ways of assessing students' communication performances. Collaboration with others concerned with engineering communication and assessment is welcome. Please see the list of members or the list of organizations represented for further information or contact us.

Rice University. Organizations>Education>Engineering>Technical Writing



Israel's organization of technical and marcom writers.

Elephant. Organizations>Business Communication>Technical Writing>Israel


GRApES: Group for Research in Applied English Studies   (peer-reviewed)

GRApES is a group of applied linguists and rhetoricians in the English Department at ISU who meet regularly to discuss their various research pursuits, looking for areas of mutual interest in terms of methodology and theory. As you will see below, the group is quite diverse in interests and expertise. Our goal is to collaborate on joint research projects. Feel free to contact any of us about our research.

Iowa State University. Organizations>Writing>Regional>Iowa


International Writing Centers Association

An international organization for the directors and employees at higher education writing centers.

IWCA. Organizations>Education>Writing


Montréal Technical Writers Forum

This list is a place where we can discuss issues relating to the technical writing profession and everything else in between! While the membership might weigh heavily with Montreal/Quebec based writers, anyone can join in on the discussion, regardless of where they are from!

Yahoo. Organizations>Writing>Regional>Canada


National and International Organizations for Technical Writers

This page is an international list of professional organisations, associations etc. for technical writers.

Peter Ring Consultants. Organizations>Writing>International>Technical Writing


National Writers Union

The National Writers Union (NWU) is the trade union for freelance writers of all genres who work for American publishers or employers. We are committed to improving the economic and working conditions of freelance writers through the collective strength of our 6500 members in 17 local chapters throughout the country. We are a modern, innovative union offering grievance resolution, industry campaigns, contract advice, health & dental plans, member education, job banks, networking, social events, and much more. The National Writers Union is affiliated with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and through them with the AFL-CIO.

National Writers Union (2001). Organizations>Writing


The OpenOffice.org XML Project

The OpenOffice.org XML project is the home of of XML related features of OpenOffice.org, like its OASIS OpenDocument/ISO/IEC 26300 file format implementation. It further provides some XML base implementations, like XML parser and printer components.

OpenOffice.org (2005). Organizations>Writing>XML>OpenOffice


Plain English Campaign

Plain English Campaign is an independent pressure group fighting for public information to be written in plain English.

Plain English Campaign. Organizations>Language>Writing>Minimalism


The Plain Language Association International

Plain language is language that everyone in your audience can easily understand. It saves time, money, and lives. Whether you are preparing a brief, writing a procedure, running a business, publishing a newsletter, managing a department, or training workers, you need plain language. We have plain-language links, papers and tutorials, consultants, a list service, and conferences.

PLAI. Organizations>Language>Writing


STC Lone Writer Special Interest Group

The Lone Writer SIG provides an avenue of professional education, monitoring, and support to writers who are the sole technical writers for their organizations, particularly those that lack in-house resources and assistance on issues concerning their profession.

STC. Organizations>Writing>TC


The Technical Communicator's Transformation: Publishing On-Time and On-Quality   (peer-reviewed)

Results from Aberdeen’s study of over 360 technical publications department indicate that most organizations adopting topic-based authoring see benefits primarily in terms of project schedule improvements. However, a few see consistent improvements to authoring budgets, localization costs, and the quality of communications. Aberdeen’s research suggests that these differences largely result from how topic-based methodology is implemented and supported. Making the transition to a topic-based authoring requires a dramatic shift in the daily operations of a technical communications department. Meeting the challenges transitioning to a structured authoring approach can result in a wide range of performance benefits. Failing to adequately address these challenges can add an unprecedented layer of complexity that can significantly burden technical communications projects. However, findings ways to successfully evade these obstacles provides the opportunity to achieve greater value from the initiative. This report identifies the attributes most common to the Best-in-Class and provides a guide for organizations attempting to realize the potential of topic-based authoring.

Houlihan, David. Aberdeen Group (2008). Organizations>Technology>Technical Writing>White Papers


Technical Writers Club of Ukraine

An Ukrainian community of technical writers. The club is headquartered in the city of Kharkiv, the second largest Ukrainian city.

TWCU (2007). Organizations>Writing>Technical Writing>Ukraine


The Technical Writers of India

Welcome to the cyberhome of TWIN (Technical Writers of India). TWIN, the bonding glue of the Indian technical writing community, was founded in the winter of 1997. The TWIN mailing list, with over 700 members, is a forum to communicate, share, and discuss issues about technical writing. You may want to have a look at what has transpired on the list since 1997. Though TWIN was founded as a mailing list for Indian technical writers, it is open to everyone interested in technical writing whether you are experienced hand, a newbie, or a wannabe. Come, join us now to be a part of this growing and vibrant community.

TWIN. Organizations>Writing>Regional>India


Technical Writing World

TWW is an open and free community by technical writers for technical writers. After signing up, create a blog, start a discussion, add an event, and invite your friends!

Technical Writing World. Organizations>Social Networking>Technical Writing



This is a site that permits ranting and raving about your favourite technical writing tool. Love/hate MS Word, FrameMaker, Interleaf etc? This is the place to complain and keep it off the other professional lists.

Yahoo. Organizations>Writing>Technical Writing>Software


The Writers Guild of America, West

The WGAw represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries. Guild members also write news, animation, non-fiction and documentary programming. In this section of wga.org, you'll find information about the Guild, its services, programs and history. We appreciate your interest in the Writers Guild of America, west.

Writers Guild of America (2001). Organizations>Writing


WritersUA (formerly WinWriters)

WinWriters specializes in providing quality training and publications for the community of online Help developers. Our clients represent a diverse group of technical writers, software developers, contractors, and consultants—all of whom share a common interest in online Help. WinWriters is the premier source for world-class, world-wide Help development conferences and seminars. The annual WinWriters Online Help Conference draws hundreds of participants to hear the latest news, techniques, and technologies in the Windows Help arena. Our Help training seminars are held in high regard throughout the U.S. and the world.

WritersUA. Organizations>Writing>Documentation

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