To boldly go where no tech writer has gone before (one can dream, right?)


My name is Nathalie Laroche and I’m an extreme technical writer.

I first completed a B.Sc. in Computer Science and, while I enjoyed the work and found the technology interesting, something was missing. Then one day I had to write the end-user documentation for the system I had developed that summer.

It was love at first sight. I had found my passion.

So I completed a B.A. in English (Professional Writing) and I was all set. Since 1994, I have been writing happily. I am what you could call a technical2 writer (i.e., a technical technical writer). Because of my background, I love and thrive in very technical projects and actually get excited about documenting code and creating API docs (I’m not even kidding; ask anyone who’s worked with me :).

The title of my blog comes from a post about Agile and technical writing by Sarah Maddox, a technical writer I admire very much. The eXtreme Technical Writer. It defines the kind of documentation projects that turn me on: the difficult ones, the extremely technical ones, the ones that almost seem impossible to complete. I love to be part of the daily stand-up, participate in refactoring discussions, use new technologies to deliver documentation, collaborate with extreme programmers (who always appreciate that I understand what they’re talking about). And since I was deep in the Agile process when I created this blog, well, somehow no other title would do.

I now work for IXIASOFT, a company that provides an XML database and a DITA content management solution. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own.

So, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.



Superbe macchiato du Café St-Henri
This page was written at Café St-Henri, an amazing coffee shop in Montreal. When I’m not writing technical documents, I run, read (a lot), cook (a lot), drink Japanese tea (probably too much), and listen to music (never enough).
You can also find me on Twitter and Linked In.