Technical and scientific writing courses: public and corporate


Abelard Consulting offers a number of courses designed for those who want to improve their general, technical or scientific writing skills.

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

  How do I book?
You can book a public technical writing course by telephone, fax, post, email or online.

To enquire about our on-request course, call 1800 601 116 (a free call) or contact us by email.

  Public course fees
Fees for our public technical writing courses range from $495 to $695 (GST included). See the course brochure.

"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

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  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. [Get brochure]

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.


+  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.

  On-request training
Abelard Consulting also provides training courses on request (that is, at a place and time that suits you). On-request courses are provided for a flat flag fall fee (plus a small per-participant fee to cover printing costs). In most cases our flat fee is cheaper than if each participant were to attend one of our public courses. 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.

Bulk discounts are offered for bookings of 4 or more. For details, call 1800 601 116 (a free call), or send an email to

A special discount of 25% is applied to bookings received from full-time students or holders of a current concession card. (Both discounts cannot be claimed together.)

  What is included?
The price of all public courses includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and extensive course notes. Participants also receive a certificate and 30-days free email support should they want any part of the course clarified or elaborated upon.

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  For more information, call 1800 601 116 (a free call).