Many engineers are excellent writers, adroit at taking on technology’s toughest challenges and using language to clearly and cogently describe what they have learned. Indeed, engineering’s history has been marked by important works written clearly and competently by engineers. In the following pages you will meet some engineers, engineers of every stripe, who are also award winning and much lauded writers of poems, short stories and novels. Each of these engineers has been successful in the world of literature, and their competence with language undermines any claims that engineers can’t write. They will explore the differences and similarities found within writing and engineering; offer some thoughts on how engineers can conceptualise their writing to improve their reports, articles, proposals and other documents; and, hopefully, show why engineers, one and all, should be able to write — and write very well.