Lucas da Costa

Camp Counselor

Leveraging your career through good writing

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 4:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

AT THAT (In-Person Only) Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: Salon F


In this talk, I’ll unveil the secrets behind excellent and engaging technical literature and show how you could use writing to leverage your career. Besides helping you get better jobs, good writing leads to good thinking, especially if you’re writing to explain something. Explaining forces you to find logical connections between subjects and reduce complex knowledge to concrete examples and actionable advice. In the first part of this talk, I’ll cover the basic structure of a technical piece of text. Then, I’ll use examples to demonstrate why it’s helpful to go from concrete stories to abstract facts. As I explain this technique, I'll also unveil the secret behind engaging narratives. Finally, in the second part of the talk, I’ll give you a few tips regarding format, grammar, voice, and style. With this talk, I expect to show you that explanatory writing can be entertaining, allow authors to explore novel formats, and help people progress in their careers.


Speaking English, reading, and writing :)

Take Aways

  • How to write engaging technical literature
  • How to easily convey ideas through writing
  • The structure of a typical technical piece
  • How to find your own voice and style
  • How to leverage your career through writing
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