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Inclusive Technical Editing: How, Why, and When to Use Alternative Style Guides

September 21, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm EDT

Join us on Thursday, September 21 from 6:30-8:30pm ET for “Inclusive Technical Editing: How, Why, and When to Use Alternative Style Guides” with Dr. Jonathan Arnett!

Technical editors commonly rely on the big four style guides—the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the MLA Handbook, The Chicago Manual of Style, and The Associated Press Stylebook—when writing for general audiences, and they also consult other style guides such as the IEEE Editorial Style Manual when they write for technical audiences. However, these mainstream guides do not necessarily serve the needs of diverse audiences, and they may unintentionally alienate or disenfranchise readers. Thus, technical communicators need to consider employing alternative style guides that explicitly address diverse audiences and edit their materials with an eye toward ableism, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, sex, and sexuality in order to make their language more universal, inclusive, and respectful.

Dr. Jonathan Arnett is an associate professor of technical communication at Kennesaw State University and is the program coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication degree. Dr. Arnett holds both an MATC in technical communication and a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. His research interests include technical communication pedagogy, technical editing, and research methods, and he is a co-author of the widely used online, free textbook Open Technical Communication.

Please RSVP for this event! You must RSVP to receive the call details. We will be charging the following rates for the September program:

  • Free for students
  • $5 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership)
  • $15 for all other attendees
Chapter Member5.00 USDSTC Florida Chapter Members
Other15.00 USDAll Other Attendees
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Julia Southwick

Inclusive Technical Editing: How, Why, and When to Use Alternative Style Guides

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