Open Technical Communication

Open Technical Communication


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Open Technical Communication is a freely available, open sourced technical communication textbook developed under a Round 13 Textbook Transformation Grant and updated through several follow-up grants in later rounds of grants offered by Affordable Learning Georgia. It is a remix of the open-sourced Online Technical Communication textbook by David McMurrey, and it has been known under its original title, Sexy Technical Communication as well as it's current title: Open Technical Communication.

The resources attached to this textbook are collaboratively created by the original group of authors as well as a collection of technical communication faculty and student assistants at Kennesaw State University.

This textbook is available as a print version through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing at-cost with no profits to the authors.

The previous version of this text, titled Sexy Technical Communication in its 2nd edition, is available at

Previous Authors' Description:

"Sexy technical writing…we’ve got to be kidding, right? But no, we aren’t. Good technical writing is powerful and clear and gets the job done. It brings people together and solves problems. Good technical writing purrs and hums like that BMW you plan to be driving someday.What’s not sexy about that? On the other hand, poor technical writing skills may lead to a lifetime of asking people if they want fries with that…or worse, selling vacuum cleaners door to door. There’s no need to ask what’s not sexy about that!

WE – your textbook authors – are a team of dedicated writers, tech writing teachers, designers, artists and professionals who are absolutely passionate about technical writing. That’s why we decided to create a text for you that we all loved, a text that would be free and always available to you. Now, that’s sexy."

This open textbook was revised under an ALG Round Eleven Mini-Grant for Ancillary Materials Creation and Revision.

2nd Edition Notes:

"Looking at the text, the reader will notice a much smoother look to the textbook. We converted all chapters to the latest version of SoftChalk and resolved all accessibility issues. We have also worked to create consistent chapter objectives and consistent page breaks throughout chapters, which will help instructors with course planning and help students keep track of where they are in a chapter."

Course Title

Workplace Writing; Technical Communication

Course Number

WRIT 3140, TCOM 2110

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Publication Date

Summer 2017


University System of Georgia


technical writing, technical communication


Technical and Professional Writing

Open Technical Communication