April 13, 2020 — May 10, 2020
Online - Course
Do you have a proposal or a grant application? Or another significant technical work product? This mini-course will guide you through the writing process, from understanding your task through outlining, revising, and editing. Using examples from successful (and unsuccessful) work products, you will see how specific techniques can give your writing more clarity and power. By the end of our course, you should have the tools to produce a sharp, polished written document that will stand out within your organization.
Each week, a new module will be released, including a recorded lecture, quiz, discussion forum and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. The instructor will be available by email and phone for questions and comments during the class and will be interacting with students through the weekly discussion forum. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.
- Getting started
- Overview of conventional format, elements of a formal proposal, and audience considerations
- Task: Outlining your document
- Drafting your product
- Techniques for overcoming procrastination
- Strategies for approaching each section of the proposal/document
- Task: Draft your document
- Revising your work
- Techniques for clarifying the structure of your proposal/document (e.g., finding and emphasizing claims and main points; subordinating evidence to those main ideas)
- Task: Revise your document
- Polishing your work
- Integrating sources/references
- Best practices for utilizing images/graphs
- Editing techniques to make your proposal/document stand out from the rest
- Task: Edit your document
Roseanne Simeone: Having earned her doctoral degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, Rosanne Simeone has taught English at the college and high-school levels. As a member of the University of Virginia’s Department of Science, Technology and Society Department (formerly the Division of Technology, Culture and Communication), she guided engineering students through their first forays into technical writing as well as their fourth-year theses. She taught professional writing at the Institute of Textile Technology, and she served as technical writer and Publications Director for the medical center’s Tissue Adhesive Center. Currently, she teaches Humanities, chairs the Capstone Thesis Committee, and advises the Honor Council at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Who Should Attend
Anyone working in the transportation fields who would like some guidance and feedback on proposal-writing or other current technical writing tasks.
Registration and Payment
The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:
Local Government: $75
Private Industry: $300
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Special Registration Instructions for Employees of the Virginia Department of Transportation
VDOT employees must register through the VDOT Virtual Campus. Registration fees and related expenses for all VDOT employees will be paid from the VDOT Learning Services Center budget. Registrants should contact their District Training Coordinator or the VDOT Learning Services Center (Central Office employees) for instructions on how to seek reimbursement for travel expenses.
Due to current travel restrictions, VDOT employees are strongly encouraged to attend U. Va. TTA workshops on a day trip basis. Overnight travel requires permission from your District Administrator or Chief -- and in some cases higher levels of authority. If you require overnight lodging to attend a U. Va. TTA workshop, consult with your supervisor, District Training Coordinator, or VDOT Learning Services Center on travel approval procedures.