2013 marks 15th year as a full time Technical Writer. I spent over 20 years working in Information Technology as a Data Processing Operator, Mainframe Computer Operator and Relational Database Developer. Throughout my IT career, I have always written procedures and user documentation. As a programmer I was involved in writing the documents produced during each stage of the software development lifecycle, including tender responses, analysis and design documents, user and system documentation and training courses.
When I discovered that I was a better writer than a programmer, I made the switch to Technical Writing as a full time career after completing a Diploma in Communication (Technical) at the Canberra Institute of Technology in 1998. I have been working as a contract Technical Writer since 1999.
The majority of my writing has been creating user documentation for software products, but I have extensive experience as an Instructional Designer writing, and occasionally, delivering training courses. I have written workbooks for classroom based or self-paced training and eLearning courses. I really enjoy the challenge and creativity of instructional design and it is a good balance to the rigidity of straight technical writing.
I have always been interested in the Internet and have been designing, building and maintaining web sites for the past few years. As a consequence, I am an experienced web content writer with great design and HTML skills. I also have experience with Search Engine Optimisation.
I have a keen interest in work health and safety, which inspired my to complete a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety earlier this year. I would love the opportunity to work in this area combining my passion for writing with my interest in safety.
If you are interested in my skills and want to know more, you can download a full version of my Technical Writing or Safety Writing CVs here. Alternatively, can e-mail me at the address below or check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn.