Book Title coverTechnical Writing Essentials: Introduction to Professional Communications in the Technical Fields by Suzan Last is an open textbook designed to introduce readers to the basics of technical communication: audience and task analysis in workplace contexts, clear and concise communications style, effective document design, teamwork and collaboration, and fundamental research skills.

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Suzan Last has taught in many capacities during her time at UVic, including three years of teaching ESL in Japan and a brief stint teaching high school English. She has been teaching at UVic since 2003, when she was a SSHRC doctoral fellow in the English department. She since discovered that she had a greater passion for teaching than for dissertation-writing, and decided to pursue teaching full time. She has published articles and given conference papers on a wide range of topics, including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Eliza Haywood, and John Fowles. Her area specialties include Academic and Technical Writing, Curriculum development, Renaissance literature, and postmodern fiction, particularly as it incorporates forms of game and play.