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I assume you can already write but lack the technological skills necessary to place yourselves in the most interesting and best paid positions in the writers' market. Perhaps you have a degree in literature or philosophy or history or creative writing. You have more than enough writing and researching skills. The bad news is writing and researching skills are not enough any more. The good news is the skills you lack are the easiest to learn. This course, then, is designed to present you, the accomplished writer, with the technological skills you may lack.

The best paid wordsmiths are fluent in a variety of software applications, have a huge knowledge base, and understand the internal workings of computers. In a sense, the best writers of the 21st century have returned to those Renaissance days where the best minds were equal parts artist and scientist.

This course is a variation of Utah State University's twice-annual Technology and the Writer Course. The Technology and the Writer course is based on research done in the 1990s to determine which writing professions demanded the best salaries and were most likely to survive overseas outsourcing. I will discuss that to a greater extent later, but the short answers to the research question are "writing documentation" and "writing training documents."

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Copyright 2008, David Hailey. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, September 08). Introduction. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/English/Technology_for_Professional_Writers/Introduction.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License