Most Useful Information for Technical Communicators

Educational Programs

  • The Writer’s Loft – an MTSU Creative Writing Program – This non-credit course brings writers together with mentors for an 18-month, low-residency program. A Creative Writing Certificate is the result, but getting writers published is the goal.
  • If you know of other educational programs in the Middle Tennessee area that are related to our profession, please send email to

Professional Associations

  • The American Medical Writers Association
  • The American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • The Association for Computing Machinery, documentation SIG
  • The International Association of Business Communicators (Local chapter)
  • Public Relations Society of America (Local chapter)
  • Usability Professionals Association

Writers’ Online Reference Tools

  • Dictionary.Com Quick dictionary/thesaurus searches, portal to other reference works sites.
  • Bartletts Familiar Quotations 9th edition Searchable, with an index by authors.
  • Elements of Style If you could have just one reference for writing, this might be it.
  • InterGO Free Library Full text of many literary classics, links to the free online versions of some popular reference works.
  • WorkWrite Excellent compilation of resources for help authors including a bibliography and lists of recommended books for web design, online help, visual design, tools, and utilities.
  • Technical Writing Bookstore

Style Guides

  • Sun Microsystems’ Guide to Web Style A cookbook for help people to create better Web pages.
  • IEE Style Guide The Institute of Electrical Engineering wades in on the topic of what makes good documentation style.
  • CMOS Online FAQ Frequently asked questions of the biggest of all style books: The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Elements of Style If you could have just one reference for writing, this might be it.
  • iNetLingo An online dictionary and compendium of internet and technology terms.
  • Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide A comprehensive style manual grounded in the principles of multimedia, graphic interface, and book design from the Yale Center for Advanced Instructional Media.


  • William Horton Consulting, Inc. Home page of a well-known expert on online documentation, this site includes hints and tips.
  • World Wide WInnovations The Web presence of local chapter member M.J. Plaster, a Nashville-based trainer and consultant whose expertise includes Doc-to-Help, ForeHelp, JavaHelp, RoboHELP, and Microsoft HTML Help.

Online Communities

  • Technical Writing Special interest area on The Mining Companys web: Product reviews, tutorials, articles, war stories, case studies, and links.
  • HTML Writers Guild Claiming over 50,000 members in more than 100 nations, the Guild is the largestinternational organization of World Wide Web designers.
  • Techwr-L Mailing List Searchable archive of the Techwr-L mailing list. To subscribe to the Techwr-L mailing list, fill out the form at
  • WinHlp-L Mailing List Searchable archive of the WinHlp-L mailing list, To subscribe to the WinHlp-L mailing list, send a message to:
  • Writing That Works A Web-based offering with information for free, information for fee. Great source for occasional inspiration and insite. Home of the Apex awards, print and online newsletters