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Getting Your Message Across: Writing for Technical Specialists

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 21 October 2020
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am – 4pm, two days


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Helping non-specialists understand your work is an important skill for experts of all kinds, whether you’re a lawyer, a research scientist or the family doctor.

This short course is designed to help you communicate with those who use and support your work.


Whether your audience are your customers, your fund holders, the media or a Parliamentary committee, it’s crucial to be clear without being patronising.

This course will help you communicate, as equals, with other intelligent people whose specialist skills are different to our own.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to write technical information in a way that can be read by a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences and have the confidence to communicate effectively.

Tutor profile: Hilary Marson is a professional writer with a Masters in Writing from Nottingham Trent University and is currently completing a PhD at Birmingham University.

She has over fifteen years of experience offering technical writing for the British Geological Survey and has taught writing course at the University of Nottingham, Central College Nottingham and the Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham.

Hilary has published two novels and is a member of the Society of Authors.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course, you will:

  • learn to identify your audience, define stakeholders and get to know them
  • understand how to grab your readers’ attention to get the message across
  • examine how age, English as a second language, dyslexia and other barriers affect someone’s understanding of specialist writing
  • identify when you can and cannot use jargon, acronyms, abbreviations and initials
  • consider the message and the medium: new media and old mistakes
  • discover how to use illustrations effectively
  • work on your timing.

Classroom discussions and critiques will be combined with practical homework exercises and peer work.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £120.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £120.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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