Technical Writing

Virtual Delivery

November 24 - 27, 2020

Introduction and Background

“Jesse provided a very good summary on the technical writing process. His examples help reveal some of the writing traps when reviewing and editing reports. He has a very good presentation style that makes this subject easy to understand.”
Past Participant, AREVA Resources

Technical writing is a broad term describing writing about a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. It often involves the presentation of scientific and/or field-specific data through both words and graphics for fellow specialists and non-specialist readers.

This course will help participants write properly organized technical reports and other business-writing documents and will aid in streamlining in-house communications while reducing the need for re-writing, repetition, and clarification. The technical writing course will help participants improve their ability to write clearly and grammatically, to produce technical documents appropriate to their intended audience, and to know how to present top-quality documents.

Prior to the course, participants will submit an existing sample or a portion of a technical report (5-10 pages in length) and a list of three expectations of the workshop. The facilitator, Dr. Jesse Stothers, will confidentially review these samples and provide feedback to participants in the workshop. 


Course Structure

This course is offered through virtual delivery from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm from November 24 to 27, 2020All participant materials will be sent digitally prior to the course start date including feedback on your written sample piece. 

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Focus on grammar, punctuation, and style to effectively communicate
    • Write concise and effective letters, memos and reports
    • Learn to use an active voice versus passive voice to drive results
    • Explore sentence structure to create well-written documents
    • Learn to use tone properly by creating emphasis 
    • Replace cliches with meaningful, lively phrases
    • Present negative messages positively
    • Make better use of your writing time
    • Explore appropriate styles of writing for specific technical purposes
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of a technical document
    • Develop strategies to successfully communicate technical information to specialists and non-specialists using graphically presented data, executive summaries, and other ways to highlight key information
  • Who Should Attend?

    Anyone in the scientific, technical, and specialize that involves the need to communicate data in plain language. The course will be of use to anyone at any level within their fields and organizations.

    Anyone in a STEM field that uses written communication within their role.

    Individuals who want to improve their written communication skills in areas such as punctuation, grammar, tone, spelling, and sentence structure.

    Business professionals who want to improve written communication skills in reports, summaries, proposals and minutes and learn how to use an active versus passive voice to drive results. 

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Program. 

November 24, 2020 to November 27, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Virtual Delivery

Program Fees

$995 plus GST

Includes course tuition, all teaching materials and personalized feedback.

Registration Deadline

November 20, 2020

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Britney Graf

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

t: 306-966-4798


Instructor Profile

Jesse Stothers, Ph.D.

Dr. Stothers is as a Lecturer in English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his PhD in 2000. Dr. Stothers has studied in Ireland and England and has extensive teaching experience. He has also worked in the fields of publishing and advertising, and he has many years’ experience as a freelance editor and consultant in both the private and public sectors. Dr. Stothers has been teaching business and technical writing for the University of Saskatchewan for over ten years.




University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $200 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received within fifteen (15) business days prior to the course start date. Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase. Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee. 

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