Past Webinars

Technical Communication Lecture Series

Free Webinars: January – April 2021
Second Wednesday of Each Month, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Online via Zoom

Student taking webinar on laptop

Professional E-mail Practice – March 10, 2021

“I don’t know why clients/colleagues don’t return my e-mails,” or “People don’t respond properly with all the answers I asked for,” are common refrains for some professionals. This webinar encapsulates best practices for communications, specialized to the context of e-mails, to ensure you get better results from your business (and personal!) correspondence. 

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Concise Writing Strategies – February 10, 2021

Mark Twain famously said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” Whether you are writing to clients or colleagues, taking the time to write more concisely can result in more effective communications, better relationships, and increased profits. This webinar presents strategies for trimming your writing to produce more elegant, pleasing communications.

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Persuasive Writing – January 13, 2021

The pen is mightier than the sword to win you friends and clients… but wielded incorrectly, the way you put words on the page can damage your relationships and your opportunities. This webinar gives strategies to explain your perspective in a way that will entice others to want to hear more, and maybe even fund important projects.

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Readability Strategies for Technical Writing – December 9, 2020

From marketing to safety documentation and complex reports, the science of readability can help deliver messages more effectively to readers, improve client relations and enhance profitability.

This webinar presents strategies for making technical English easier to read, including advice about sentence structure, word choice, font selection, page formatting and more. Attendees will leave the session with a range of new strategies in their professional toolkit.

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Presenter

Christa Bedwin

Christa Bedwin
B.Ed., B.S.c., Senior Technical Editor

Christa is a Senior Technical Editor, who has 20 years’ experience coaching scientific and engineering writers, and editing for industry, government, academia, and educational and trade publishers, with specialties in engineering and the environment. She has taught technical writing to professional engineers and scientists in Canada and internationally; has published three textbooks about writing for scientific reporting consultants; and among other projects has contributed chapters to Editors Canada’s two most recent publications, Editing Canadian English and its companion volume, Editorial Niches.