Technical and scientific writing courses: public and corporate

Course details  

Abelard Consulting has designed a number of training courses for those who want to improve their general, technical or scientific writing skills. From 1 January 2019, these courses will be presented by ATTAR (Advanced Technology Testing and Research).

The two-day Technical writing course is presented every few months in most capital cities in Australia. Courses are occasionally held elsewhere when there is demand.

The two-day scientific writing course and one-day technical report writing course are offered on request.

  How do I book?
You can book a place in a public course by completing an online form.

  On-request training
On-request training is also available (that is, training at a place and time that suits you). Courses can be tailored for delivery over one, two or three days and can be presented anywhere in Australia, New Zealand or South-East Asia.

To enquire about an on-request course, call 03 9574 6144 or send an email to

"I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your course and that you were a great teacher. You express yourself very eloquently, know your subject content in great depth, and were very entertaining. I have already implemented many of the techniques you taught us and I can't help but analyse all that I read!"
Mark Wilson, CSIRO, Sydney

  Who are the courses for?
The Technical Writing course is for would-be and junior technical writers, for experienced technical writers who want to refresh some of their writing and documentation-planning skills, and for those whose work involves instructional writing, report writing or general writing of a technical nature. It also provides a strong foundation for those interested in gaining the Certified Professional Technical Communicator accreditation offered by the Society for Technical Communication. Click here to see a list of the topics in the reference book participants receive at no extra cost.

The Technical Report Writing course is for those who need to write reports of a technical nature. Click here to see a list of the topics in the reference book participants receive at no extra cost.

The Scientific Writing course is for those whose studies or employment involves the reporting of scientific comment or research. Click here to see a list of the topics in the reference book participants receive at no extra cost.

  What is included?
All public courses include lunch, extensive course notes and a certificate of completion.


+  Dr Geoffrey Marnell

The courses were designed by Dr Geoffrey Marnell. He also presents the technical writing and technical report writing courses, along with Dr Annabel O'Conner. Dr Marnell is the founder of Abelard Consulting (and continues as the company's Principal Consultant). He taught Technical Writing and Editing in the English Department at the University of Melbourne for many years, and is accredited by IPEd (the Institute of Professional Editors). Geoffrey has more than 30 years experience as a technical writer, recruiter of technical writers, documentation consultant, documentation project manager and educator. His is the author of scores of papers and six books. His latest books are Correct English: Reality or Myth?, Essays on Technical Writing and Mathematical Doodlings: Curiosities, Conjectures and Challenges.

+  Dr Annabel O'Connor

The scientific writing courses are presented by Dr Annabel O'Connor. Dr O'Connor has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Melbourne and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CSIRO. She has published numerous academic papers and popular science articles and has worked for scientific journals as an editor. She has also worked as a technical writer and presents some of our technical writing courses.

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