Free technical writing courses

Every software engineer is also a writer. Improve your technical writing skills by taking one of Google's free technical writing courses. We've aimed these courses at people in the following roles:

  • professional software engineers
  • computer science students
  • engineering-adjacent roles, such as product managers

The courses are free, fun, and valuable to your career. Thousands of Google software engineers have taken and loved these courses. Note that these courses focus on technical writing, not on general English writing or business writing.

You need at least a little writing proficiency in English, but you don't need to be a strong writer to take these courses. You will find these courses easier to understand if you have at least a little background in coding, though you don't need to be an expert coder.

We're currently offering the following two courses:

  • Technical Writing One, which covers the critical basics of technical writing.
  • Technical Writing Two, which covers intermediate topics in technical writing.

Each course consists of the following two parts:

  • self-paced online pre-class material
  • virtual live session

To attend a virtual live session, you need to join the class using a Google Account with access to Google Meet and Google Docs. You can turn captions on in Google Meet.

Though not a requirement, we strongly recommend studying the self-paced online pre-class material prior to attending a virtual live session. Click one of the following links to access the self-paced online pre-class material:

Facilitators

Going forward, most of the public courses listed in the "Schedule" section are facilitated by people who don't work for Google. We are very grateful to these volunteers! As these volunteers are not Google employees, Google can't accept any responsibility for false or misleading statements made during these public classes.

Schedule

We don't offer a way to preregister for virtual live sessions. To attend a virtual live session, consult the following table and click the appropriate Google Meet link at the specified time. You should only attend one virtual live session of Technical Writing One and one virtual live session of Technical Writing Two.

Course Date Time* Google Meet link
Technical Writing One Oct. 19, 2021 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm ET Click to join class
Technical Writing One Oct. 28, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm IST Click to join class
Technical Writing Two Nov. 29, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET Click to join class
Technical Writing One Jan. 11, 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm ET Click to join class
Technical Writing Two Jan. 25, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET Click to join class

* Time zones

  • ET: United States Eastern Time (UTC -5)

Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer are special short sessions for people who are considering facilitating Technical Writing One. They are great opportunities to learn how to lead the course. If you want to take the course—but you have no intention of teaching the course—please don't attend a Train the Trainer session.