For quite some time now–about seven years, in fact–I’ve been teaching technical and professional writing at DePaul University. It’s a bit of a departure from my background in creative writing, but I discovered I really enjoyed both the students and the subject matter. Over time, it led to a lot of freelancing opportunities–things like developing training materials for IT network administration and operating system deployments (among other subjects), as well as a whole series of blogs about writing technical resumes. I also did some webinars on technical writing. Now, these side-projects have really materialized into a totally new venture: a full-fledged course on writing proposals now available from Pluralsight. Pluralsight mostly features technical training–for developers, admins, end-users, you name it–but they’ve been adding soft skills stuff as well, and we’re delighted to be working with each other.
The course focuses on developing written proposals in a technical and professional context, and covers things like evaluating a writing situation, creating a stable argument, and understanding the most common features of proposals as a genre. It even takes readers through a full-fledged sample proposal centered around a need to standardize data backup systems and protocols in small, nonprofit business. The course is officially released today, and I’m pretty excited about it.
I’d also like to publicly thank the folks at Pluralsight for making this such a pleasant experience. I got support from so many people at almost every turn, and even when initial drafts weren’t going exactly right, the feedback was always practical and charitable. And even though video-training is a very different medium than face-to-face teaching, my classroom work benefited as well. I got to learn about slide design, be much more organized and linear in my lectures, invent new ways of communicating old content, and really think critically about the goals of this kind of teaching. So it was a win all around.
If you got here to my personal website via the Pluralsight course: Welcome! If you arrived here first, and want to learn more about the course, you can check find it at Pluralsight here.
And if you just can’t get enough, I’ve already started development on a second Pluralsight course that will focus on writing process instructions. So check back soon for details!