Writing Skills for Transportation Professionals


Mar 07, 2017


Charleston County Public Service Building

4045 Bridge View Drive

North Charleston, SC


Course Description:
This workshop will give you the specific strategies you need to strengthen your writing skills. Participants will learn how to master the essentials for writing reports, proposals, memos, and letters; overcome “writer’s block”; edit technical information effectively; and identify and correct common problems of grammar and punctuation.

Course Instructor: Dr. David H. Covington
Dr. David H. Covington teaches technical and business communication at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where he is an Associate Professor in the English Department. In addition, at NCSU he has served as Director of the MS Program in Technical Communication, Coordinator of Professional Writing Courses, and Executive Director of the Humanities Computing Laboratory. He received his BA from the University of Florida, and his MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Covington has also taught writing workshops in business and industry for thirty years. His clients have included Bahlsen, Bayer, Beame and Whiteside, Becton Dickinson, Capital Associated Industries, Chesebrough-Ponds, DuPont, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, Fast Food Merchandisers, Infocel, Instrument Society of America, Lord Corporation, Mallinkrodt, Medical Mutual of NC, Medical Review of NC, NC State Auditor, Organon Teknika, Quintiles, Stone Heavy Vehicle Specialists, and the NCSU Industrial Extension Service. He is also the originator, writer, and host for Effective Writing for Technical Professionals, a ten-part series of thirty-minute videotapes on technical communication produced by the Industrial Extension Service at North Carolina State University.

Who Should Attend:
Engineers, researchers & managers who want to enhance their professional skills by writing effectively & persuasively.

8:30Welcome and Introduction
8:40Basic Concepts
Stating the Purpose of your Document
Organizing for your Readers
Grammar and Punctuation Review
1:00Avoiding Gobbledygook
Writing Clear & Powerful Sentences
Establishing Patterns in your Writing
Making Documents Look Good: Format Considerations

Course Fee:

The registration fee for the workshop is $135.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $60.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and the noon luncheon.

This course has a maximum of 30 students, and will be capped at this number.  Advanced registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained.  Workshops with low advanced registration will be subject to cancellation.

Payment Policy:

Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop.  If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please contact Brittany Wirtz at 864-656-4383 or bwirtz@clemson.edu.