Web Links for Technical Writers – w3schools.com


There’s no excuse today not to build your skills, and all of the skills tutorials and courses available at w3schools website are valuable to almost any career related to technical writing.

Some of the available courses are:



Server Side


XML Tutorials

Web Services

Web Building

If you are interested in self-learning sites, this is an excellent growth opportunity.


About communication

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film “Pygmalion” (adaptation of his play of the same name). Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife’s behest. She considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.

About Well-Crafted Messages

“Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience”


Steve Burnett
The Burnett Group

Steve began Burnett Group in 1979 to provide the financial community with high-quality marketing communications. The firm pioneered the industry’s first interactive marketing communications effort in 1988. Steve was a visiting instructor of Visual Design at Pratt Institute from 2005-2007.
Graduate of University of Iowa and Grinnell College; MS in Communications Design, Pratt Institute





About Learning Technical Writing

“By three methods we may learn technical writing: First by education, which is noblest; second by methodology, which is easiest; and third by planting your butt in a chair and pecking out the damn document, which is the bitterest”



Andrew Plato
President / CEO of Anitian Enterprise Security

 Andrew Plato is the chief executive of Anitian and responsible for overseeing all operations. Mr. Plato is also responsible for architecting the services and solutions Anitian provides to customers. Mr. Plato also provides the philosophical direction of Anitian, focusing on practical, pragmatic security solutions that empower businesses to do more.

Mr. Plato brings over twenty years of experience in information systems and security to Anitian. Prior to working for Anitian, Mr. Plato was a database developer and technical writer for Microsoft. Mr. Plato is best known for his involvement developing the BlackICE intrusion prevention system at NetworkICE from 1997-2000.

Mr. Plato is recognized nationally as a thought leader and innovator in information security. He routinely serves as keynote speaker at trade shows, industry events and professional meetings. Mr. Plato is a prolific author of white-papers, articles and reports which emphasize rational and reasonable ways to respond to security threats and risks. Mr. Plato’s articles have appeared in Information Security magazine, TechTarget, CIO and others. Mr. Plato has been quoted as an industry expert on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, TechTarget, Channel Insider and many other media outlets.

About Deadlines

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by”

This quote was used by Scott Adams in a Dilbert comic strip

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

Douglas Noel Adams
(11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.

Instructional Design Certificate – FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

By definition, Instructional Design (also called Instructional Systems Design (ISD)) is the practice of creating “instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.” The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some “intervention” to assist in the transition. Ideally the process is informed by pedagogically (process of teaching) and andragogically (adult learning) tested theories of learning and may take place in student-only, teacher-led or community-based settings. The outcome of this instruction may be directly observable and scientifically measured or completely hidden and assumed. There are many instructional design models but many are based on the ADDIE model with the five phases: 1) analysis, 2) design, 3) development, 4) implementation, and 5) evaluation. As a field, instructional design is historically and traditionally rooted in cognitive and behavioral psychology, though recently Constructivism (learning theory) has influenced thinking in the field.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Master Trainer Program (MTP) is designed to provide training professionals a means to acquire knowledge and skills in various areas of the training profession and at various levels of expertise. The program is comprised of seven separate certificate programs, at basic through advanced and executive levels, in the areas of Instruction, Instructional Design, and Training Management.


The Instructional Design Certificate provides personnel assigned to design and develop curriculum materials in support of courses, training programs, and training activities, practical knowledge and skills in developing and publishing training materials. Emphasis is placed on the process of developing training plans, training materials, evaluation plans, and student knowledge and skill assessments. A certificate of completion for the Instructional Design Certificate will be awarded upon completion of required courses and research paper.

Application Requirements: Prospective participants in this certificate program should submit an application letter requesting enrollment in the program to NETC Admissions, 16825 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD, 21727. The enrollment request should include either a completion certificate for the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate or a resume that outlines a minimum of 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer. Additionally, please include a completed General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1, for each resident course required by the certificate. This form is available online. Online courses may be completed via the EMI Independent Study Program located here.

NOTE: The E614 and E615 courses are scheduled sequentially over a two-week period. Students are expected to request enrollment for both courses and complete them as scheduled in residence for two weeks.

Required Courses for Certificate Completion:

Section 508 Awareness Course (IS-901)

Research in Training and Education (IS-619)

Technical Writing (IS-613)

Analysis and Design of Training (E614)

Development and Evaluation of Training (E615)

Required Research Paper for Certificate Completion:

Each participant in the certificate program will be required to complete a research-to-application paper regarding an observed instructional design and development issue within their organization. This paper will describe the issue to be researched, results of a literature review, the research model used in collecting data, the results of analysis of data, and recommendations to resolve the identified issue.

MTP Research Paper Guidelines

Course Descriptions:

Section 508 Awareness Course (IS-901)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program, this course provides a general overview of accessibility requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).

Technical Writing (IS-613)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program , this course provides instruction in technical writing processes and products. Key topics in this course include prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading, and publishing, as well as copyright requirements, organization of information, and use of photographs, graphics, and charts.

Study Hours: 10 hours

CEUs: 1.0

Research in Training and Education (IS-619)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program, this course provides an overview of the process in conducting research in training and education and documenting the analysis of the research in a paper. Topics in the course include the development of an issue or problem statement to be researched, process to conduct a literature review, types of research and data collection models, and formats for research papers.

Study Hours: 5.75 hours

CEUs: 0.6

Analysis and Design of Training (E614)
An essential element of instructional design and curriculum development is the initial analysis of the need for training and the resulting design of training methods and content. This course provides the student the theory and application of analysis methods and course design. Key topics of this course will include analysis of training needs and requirements, development of analysis documents, and design of courses and training programs based upon the results and recommendations of an analysis.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is composed of individuals assigned to curriculum development duties or positions.

ACE recommendations: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Prerequisites: Required: Completion of the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate OR 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer.

Course Length: 5 days

CEUs: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Development and Evaluation of Training (E615)
Efficient development of course content and evaluation of curriculum and training program elements are key to the successful implementation and sustainment of training. Key topics of this course will include development of various types of training materials, student knowledge and skill assessments, and implementation of evaluation programs for courses, instructors, and training programs.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is composed of individuals assigned to curriculum development duties or positions.

ACE recommendations: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Prerequisites: Required: Completion of the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate OR 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer.

Course Length: 4 days

CEUs: This course has not been reviewed for credit

Class room

How to apply for a course held in EMI (On-Campus Course)

Enrollment Policies / Eligibility

Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents; however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated in EMI courses. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course. Participants may not take the same course more than once.

Foreign Applicant Policies

A very limited number of opportunities exist for non-U.S. citizens to attend EMI courses. Click here for more Foreign Application information.

Application Timeline

Seats are filling up fast, so it’s important to apply early. Please click here for EMI on-campus courses application timelines.

Application Procedures

Please follow the instructions below to apply an EMI course.

   Screen Fillable (Acrobat 2.1 and above)

  • Complete and sign the application form (Please fill out all blanks on the form completely or it will be returned). This application must be coordinated, reviewed, and approved by:

   The head of the applicant’s sponsoring organization,

   Forward the application to the appropriate State Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Management Services, and (The addresses are listed at the back of the EMI Catalog of Activities)

   The NETC Admissions Office.

  • Send completed application(s) to:

Admissions Office, Room I-216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447 – 1035
Fax: (301) 447 – 1658
Email: netc-admissions@fema.dhs.gov

After each application period

  • NETC staff will review the applications and notify applicants regarding their status as noted above.
  • EMI will post any remaining vacancies on the EMI Web site and interested personnel may continue to apply. EMI will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis.