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Proposal Writing
August 10, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM CDT (including a 30 min. break)

   Proposal Types and the Writing Process

      Internal proposals

      External proposals

      Solicited proposals

      Unsolicited proposals

      Grants vs. contracts

      The writing process


      Capture plan creation

      Proposal team creation

      Solicitation document analysis









      Editing for length

      Structural editing




Planning Documents
August 17, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

   Effective technical communication characteristics

      •  Ensuring accuracy, clarity, conciseness,
         coherence, and appropriateness

   Defining purpose and audience 

      •  Identifying the document purposes and assessing 
         your audience’s needs and expertise

   Organizing and planning 

      •  Developing work strategies to set priorities 
         and to make the best use of writing time

      •  Creating project plans outlining specific details for a predictable 
         and logical structure to help your audience understand technical information



Revising and Editing Documents
August 17, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CDT

   Editing for grammar and style

      •  Choosing the right words and technical terminology

      •  Using the punctuation and mechanics correctly

      •  Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)

   Reviewing content

      •  Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness

      •  Checking unity and coherence

      •  Ethical issues



Writing Documents
August 18, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT


      •  Adopting an appropriate style and tone

      •  Using effective sentence construction

      •  Constructing effective paragraphs

      •  Building sentences and paragraphs

      •  Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)

   Designing documents

      •  Page layout and design considerations


      •  Creating and integrating visuals



Technical Writing Basics
August 18, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CDT


      •  Business letters: formats and types of business correspondence

      •  Memos and electronic mail: advantages 
         and disadvantages of internal communication

   Best Practices in Technical Documents

      •  Document elements: using formats to establish the order 
         of content in document front matter, body, and end matter

      •  Document types: correspondence, specifications, 
         reports, instructions and proposals


     12.0 HSW Contact Hours 
     (AIA: 12.0 HSW LUs)

     12.0 PDHs

HalfMoon Education is an AIA-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885). Architects please note that the Proposal and Technical Writing series will not be offering HSW credits and may be for information purposes only in states that require all HSW coursework. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. All of the courses in these series offer PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Check each listing for the specific number of PDHs offered. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA.


Dr. Mark Decker, PhD

Professor and Department Chair in the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department

Mr. Decker teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).

While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.

After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.

There are 5 Courses in This Seminar

Proposal Writing Webinar

Proposal Writing Webinar

August 10, 2016 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Planning Documents

Planning Documents

August 17, 2016 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Revising and Editing Documents

Revising and Editing Documents

August 17, 2016 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Writing Documents

Writing Documents

August 18, 2016 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Technical Writing Basics

Technical Writing Basics

August 18, 2016 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker