Improving Clarity, Coherence, and Conciseness in Technical Writing

October 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Janel Miller

University of Wisconsin – Madison


Session Description

Engineering managers consider communication to be a critical skill for employees. In fact, successful engineers are not only technically competent but also effective communicators. Although writing remains an essential way to disseminate information, technical and business writing frequently fails to satisfy the audience’s information needs or confuses readers with unnecessarily wordy and complex content. In this SEU session, participants will discover how engineers may employ fundamental elements of rhetoric—Aristotle’s appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos—to engage with and persuade readers. With examples presented in the framework of a writing process, participants will also learn tactics to improve the clarity, coherence, and conciseness of their writing.

Learning Objectives

  • Plan and compose coherent documents using a structured, iterative process
  • Engage, inform, and persuade readers by satisfying their information needs and expectations
  • Apply principles of concise writing to reduce wordiness and improve clarity

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, October 5th.