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Technical Writing

I write user guides, software interfaces, ticketing systems, training and support documentation.

Proofreading

I proof technical articles, tender documents, web content, academic work and business plans.

Blogs

 I write blogs that have a special emphasis on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

Case Studies

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the top ten globally ranked universities.

The Project

To bligs for Imperial College's Biomedical Research Centre, highlighting the scientific advances made by the centre.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create 45 blogs showcasing biomedical research.
  • Liaise with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on technical matters.
  • Ensure text was formatted in a consistent style.

About ESB Networks

ESB Networks operate and maintain Ireland's electricity network.

The Project

On an on-going basis, I work as a technical writer assisting ESB Networks in the creation of documentation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Editing / proofing procedural documentation.
  • Liaising with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on engineering / health and safety matters.
  • Generate content for corporate polices and procedures.
  • Ensure text is formatted in a consistent house style.


About SureSkills

SureSkills provide learning services to leading technological companies.

The Project

Through SureSkills, I worked as a technical writer on a VMware course. While working closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), I ensured that the course material was edited in line with VMware's strict guidelines covering language and FrameMaker formatting.

Key Responsibilities

  • Edited course content in line with VMware's style guides.
  • Liaised with Subject Matter Expert (SME) on technical matters.
  • Ensured text was formatted in Adobe FrameMaker according to corporate style.

About Vidatum Technologies

Vidatum Technologies provide software services to the education sector.

The Project

I worked as a technical writer and project manager on the implementation of Vidatum Academic for Maynooth University. I worked closely with the client and the developers, while proofing the system's interface and creating documentation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proof the RMS as it was being developed.
  • Project manage the development of the system, liaising with the client and the development team.
  • Create documentation for the system.

About Springboardcourses.ie

A Government funded training initiative helping people to up-skill.

The Project

I proofed / wrote the website's text: help menus, navigation controls, pop-up instructions, drop-down menus, forms and all automated communications between the system and its users. Then, I created literature which was bundled with the system and used for training.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proof / edit / test the public website as it was being developed.
  • Proof / edit / test the back-end website as it was being developed.
  • Create training literature for administrative staff using the system.
  • Establish a Help Desk for the public website; create a knowledge bank / FAQs / canned responses.

About Waratek.com

Waratek create application-security products for Java.

The Project

On an on-going basis, I work with Waratek on all aspects of their product documentation. Working alongside developers, I ensure that their public-facing documents are kept up to date and are in a consistent style.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that user manuals are kept up to date.
  • Creating voice overs for online movies to explain their products.
  • Creating content for their Helpdesk (Zendesk).
  • Assisting with blogs / presentations / website.
  • Knowledge of the following in a Linux environment: Mercurial, BitBucket, ascii text.

About The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI)

The RCSI is Ireland's largest medical school.

The Project

On an on-going basis, I work as a rapporteur attached to Peer Review Groups.

Key Responsibilities

  • Summarise key points of interest during an interview process.
  • Assist Peer Review Group to create presentations.
  • Edit Peer Review Group report.

About Corvil.com

Corvil creates network data-analytics software for the financial sector.

The Project

I assisted in the creation of storyboards for an e-learning course.

Key Responsibilities

  • Draft e-learning material based on the Corvil user manual.
  • Work within an agreed style suitable for voice overs.
  • Liaise with Subject Matter Experts to refine content.

What my clients say

About me

My name is Mark Collins. Since 1996, I have been a professional writer. I started off by publishing a freesheet called the Temple Bar Review. Since then, I have gone on to write for a variety of publications, organisations and companies.

As a freelance journalist, my work has appeared in all of the Irish national papers and The Guardian in the UK. I have covered topics as diverse as the Middle East and Africa, to Education and Cookery. For two years I was the Property Editor for Ireland on Sunday (now, the Irish Daily Mail).

On a corporate level, I have worked for IT companies, educational institutes, educational websites and sound post-production companies, among others.

For non-profits, I have worked for Irish Medical Aid for Palestinians and GOAL -  organising press releases and content for the Irish media.

I have worked for

Publishing

The Irish Times
The Irish Independent
The Examiner
The Guardian
The Sunday Tribune
The Irish Mirror
The Sunday Business Post
Irish Mail on Sunday

Corporate

Ardmore Sound Limited
The Society of Chartered Surveyors
Higher Education Authority
The Citizens Information Board
4-12 Maths
EmergeCrucible.com
Emergeeducation.com
Paul Costelloe Menswear
www.yourbroker.ie
www.esbnetworks.ie

Tech Sector

cloudstrong.com
vidatum.com
academic.ie
springboardcourses.ie
sureskills.com
waratek.com
vmware.com
corvil.com
paramountcollege.ie

Contact

email : mark@writer.ie

mobile : 353 (0) 86 2464633