I am intereted in learning more about the discipline(s) of Technical Writing/Communication.
I have read this previous question
which had a couple good tips, but mostly went in a direction different than 'where can I learn more about, or even self-start into, Technical Writing/Communication?'
I am in the USA.
My undergrad is interdisciplinary liberal arts (philosophy, psychology and theology).
I have worked as an accountant and comptroller, and have college level education in accounting, but I did not complete a degree. Instead I obtained a masters degree in finance - but have little work experience in that field.
The STC seems to be the main professional organization for this field, but there is no STC group in my region. I've read all the way through their site and there was not much more than a database of schools.
Any schools halfway near me only offer full degree programs that wrap Technical Writing/Communication focuses into the in the undergraduate and graduate English degrees. I don't really want to get another degree.
I am pretty good at learning, could I just get a couple textbooks and teach myself?
What are the best books in these fields?
Are online certificates of any use in this field?
How could I best use my accounting and financial knowledge as a springboard into Technical Writing/Communication?
Would helping document with Open Office or Mozilla be something I could then put in a portfolio?
Can you suggest any online forums or blogs that are full of writing about technical writing?
Finally do I need to decide between Technical Writing and Technical Communications or is it becoming interchangeable?