Technical Writing Course – Science Writing and New Media


Course Description
This course introduces writing, graphics, meetings, oral presentation, collaboration, and design as tools for product development. The communication instruction is embedded in design projects that require students to work in teams to conceive, design, prototype and evaluate energy related products. The communication instruction focuses on the communication tasks that are integral to this design process, ranging, across design notebooks, email communications, informal oral presentations, meeting etiquette, literature searches, white papers reports, and formal presentations. In addition to the assignments specific to product development, a few assignments, especially reading and reflection, will address the cultural situation of engineers and engineering in the world at large.

You may access the course (free) here:

Writing Operating Procedures – Author Charles (Tim) James – Free Copy!

Author Tim James (Mr. Procedure)

Author Tim James (Mr. Procedure)

How is the job performed? How do we know it was performed properly? How do we train our workers to perform our essential tasks? What is the purpose to even develop Operating Procedures?

All of these questions are answered in Writing Operating Procedures, part of the Performance Management series of books from Mr. Procedure Productions.

Through 12 carefully-arranged sections, the book establishes a valid purpose for the existence of Operating Procedures, and how an Operating Procedure should be developed consistent with that purpose. Discussions include, “What Should My Procedures Contain?” and “How Should My Procedures Be Structured?” The book provides useful strategies to determine what Operating Procedures are necessary, and how to identify and collect the information and supporting visuals necessary to complete the procedure.

This book is designed to function as the workbook for a seminar-style course, but was written to stand alone as a source of information and inspiration for the development of your organization’s Operating Procedure program.

For a limited time, the author will distribute (free of charge) a copy of the book.  It is available to anyone who contact Tim James directly at

Charles (Tim) James, who acquired the nickname “Mr. Procedure” in a previous career stop, has spent nearly 30 years in various aspects of process development. Most of this time was spent in the aerospace materials industry, which is very document-heavy and heavily audited.

His career roles have largely focused on process documentation, including procedure development to enable compliance with OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard. His dual role—writing procedures and performing training based on the procedures he wrote—provided a ground-level understanding of procedure function and how to structure procedures for learning success.

Tim had the good fortune to expand his role to training for a worldwide chemical organization, teaching and leading continuous improvement, Quality Management System development and audit performance, safety topics, particularly root cause analysis, and teaching supervisors how to supervise and trainers how to train. It was only a matter of time before he applied his knack for course development with his passion for Operating Procedure excellence.

More recently, Tim has worked in capital equipment manufacturing, writing technical manuals for multi-million dollar equipment sold to customers worldwide.

Tim is also the founder of Mr. Procedure Productions. Mr. Procedure Production boasts “Full Spectrum Performance Excellence Solutions.” Offerings include a wide variety of books on performance management and instructional communication topics, all of which can be tailored to in-company or public seminar presentation. 

To contact Tim, you may email him at, or contact him directly at (909) 660-9980.

Technical Writing Course – Free Medical Technical Writing Course From MIT


Introduction to Technical Communication: Perspectives on Medicine and Public Health

Course Description
Over the course of the semester we will explore the full range of writings by physicians and other health practitioners. Some of the writer/physicians that we encounter will be Atul Gawande, Danielle Ofri, Richard Selzer, and William Carlos Williams. Students need have no special training, only a general interest in medicine or in public health issues such as AIDS, asthma, malaria control, and obesity. The writing assignments, like the readings, will invite students to consider the distinctive needs of different audiences.

You may access the course (free) here:

Writing Operating Procedures, The Completed Course, Available!


I apologize that I have not had any updates on my MadCap adventure. I will return to that shortly, and I do thank those of you who have chosen to follow or have “liked” Mr. Procedure.

But this is about the free offer I have made before in this space as well as in several groups on LinkedIn. Over the past four or so months, I have been offering my course called Writing Operating Procedures free to anyone who wrote. Those who originally replied received a course-in-preparation (it was about 3/4 complete). I have since completed the course, made it a course/book format (meaning it functions as a stand-alone book as well as for a text for in-person training), and cleaned up a lot of stuff I am embarrassed to have provided the first time. I have distributed slightly over 100 copies of the course, in .pdf format, and have…

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Technical Writing Course – FEMA

TW 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.

This course supports the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Master Trainer professional and communication foundational competencies of the instructional design certificate program.

You may download a copy of the course here: