Friday, September 14, 2007

Textbooks for a technical writing course

A writer recently asked me which textbooks I would recommend for an introductory class in technical writing.

If I were teaching such a course, I might suggest
these three books:

Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications
Third Edition (Paperback)
. A standard in the
industry, and it's relatively cheap, $17 on Amazon.

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. I think every
technical writer should own this book. It will help
anyone write clearly, concisely, and efficiently.

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition (Hardcover)

Strunk, White and Angell. Essential.

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