Carrie Hannigan - Expert in Technical Writing
My name is Carrie Hannigan, and I have the privilege of being the bizymoms.com Technical Writing expert.
My tendency towards technical writing didn’t come while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I opted for a more creative writing path and obtained B.A. in English. The structured style often demanded of technical writers didn’t really seem to suit me at that time. Fortunately, my first full-time job shed light on my writing strengths: clear, concise, and logical. I also realized that I could make more money creating technical documents as compared to writing more creative pieces. After several years in the publishing field, I decided to refine my overall writing skills by seeking a M.S. in Written Communication at National-Louis University, in Evanston, IL.
This Master’s degree led me to another major opportunity: teaching at Kaplan University Online. For over four years I’ve been teaching writing in the Composition Department; the format is completely online, which caters well to students who are unable to attend traditional classroom settings due to family and work related responsibilities. Through Kaplan I met four other professors, Diane Martinez, Tanya Peterson, Carrie Wells, and Carolyn Stevenson, who were interested in writing a technical communications guidebook to be used by students, writers new in the field, and those writers who may need a refresher from time to time. This past August, Kaplan Publishingreleased our book, Technical Writing: A Resource for Technical Writers of All Levels.
Beyond having a publication about technical communications, I wanted to completely turn my career path towards writing and teaching, so I began the Technical Communications Ph.D. program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, IL, in Fall 2007. I will be finishing my classes this December, and moving on to my dissertation. I am also very fortunate to have a fellowship at IIT where I can teach literature classes, and foster my creative writing while inspiring my students.
While not studying or teaching at IIT and Kaplan, I also do consulting work for technical communication projects and outside research in order to stay abreast of advancements in the field.