Our next virtual book club is coming up on Thursday, June 16 in the book_club channel in Slack.
During this event, we will discuss Heroic Technical Writing: Making a Difference in the Workplace and Your Life by Bart Leahy.
- Thursday, June 16
- 7–8:30 p.m. EDT
Book_club channel in Slack
Registration is available on Eventbrite. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 17!
About the book
Bart Leahy uses his blog, Heroic Technical Writing, to help technical communicators navigate the working world. His book by the same name summarizes his decades of experience into six categories: Product, Process, People and Politics, Professionalism, Pursuing Work, and Protecting Yourself.
In his words, “I can give you first-hand accounts of what the day-to-day life of a professional technical writer is like—the awesome stuff you can look forward to and the stuff that sucks that English professors won’t tell you about.”
While this book is invaluable to those who are starting out in the field, more experienced writers will recognize their own experiences in Leahy’s anecdotes. His advice on dealing with the non-writing aspects of the job is particularly insightful and pragmatic.
The special topic, “What Should You Learn to Work in the Space Business?” breaks down the subject areas typically encountered when writing for the space industry. Leahy even includes a bibliography of his favorite books and other resources to help technical writers get familiar with writing and space-related concepts.
About the author
Bart Leahy is a self-described space geek and notes he is an “English major through and through.” He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Technical Writing from the University of Central Florida. Leahy has worked for Walt Disney, the Department of Defense, and NASA. Freelancing and instructional design experience give him a unique view of the professional opportunities for technical writers. Find him on his blog, https://heroictechwriting.com/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BartLeahyHeroicTechWriting/, and Twitter @WritingGopher.