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8:00 – 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT
12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 5:00 pm CDT

Presented by

Dr. Mark Decker

Planning, Designing and Writing Documents
Defining purpose and audience
• Identifying the document’s audience
• Adapting the document for audience needs and expertise
• Creating documents that meet the needs of multiple audiences
Writing documents
• Adopting an appropriate style and tone
• Using effective sentence construction
• Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)
• Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)
• Designing documents
• Page layout and design considerations
• Visually appealing writing
• Displaying data and visual information
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
Editing for grammar and style
• Using punctuation and mechanics correctly
Reviewing content
• Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness
• Checking unity and coherence
• Creating and integrating visuals

Best Practices in Correspondence and Technical Documents
Business letters
• Formats and types of business correspondence
Memos and electronic mail
• Advantages and disadvantages of internal communications
Document types: specifications, reports, instructions, and proposals
• Best practices in document formats
Document elements
• Using common document sections to establish the order of content in document
front matter, body, and end matter

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
 Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 CE Hours (Non-HSW)

AIA  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
7.0 LU|Elective

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states, except New York, and 7.0 non-HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in states that accept non-HSW coursework, except New York.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|Elective (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Dr. Decker

Bloomsburg University

Dr. Mark Decker is Professor of English and Assistant Department Chair at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, where he teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has a PhD and an MA 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 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 several scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia chapters, and a co-edited book.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Technical Writing Workshop for Design Professionals

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course is designed to improve architects’ and engineers’ writing skills, which is a valuable, but often overlooked, communication skill, since it lacks the back-and-forth nature of spoken communication. Miscommunication in written exchanges can lead to design and construction errors.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to plan and design written documents from identifying the document’s audience and writing for that audience and/or multiple audiences.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt appropriate writing style and tone, use effective sentence structure, use sentence variety, and ensure clarity in their written documents to engage the audience and communicate clearly.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to create visually appealing documents with effective page layout and organization.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to edit documents for grammar, style, accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness, and they will be able to follow best practices for business letters, memos and electronic mail, reports, instructions, and proposals.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|Elective

Prerequisites: Mastery of the English language

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date:  04/20/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $299.00

Currently, our self-study products DO NOT qualify for AIA, ASLA, LACES or CLARB credit.

Streamable self-study formats are available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event.

The streamable self-study package includes an MP4 format video recording of a live webinar and a PDF of the manual that was distributed for the webinar. You will receive a PDF of the course manual. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

Completion of an online follow-up quiz is required for those seeking continuing education credit. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

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