Contact Paul at THW&I to discuss an upcoming project.


Paul Sweum, the Principal of THW&I, provides over 20 years of technical communications and writing experience — including over a decade in town and tribal planning in the public sector as a project manager, policy planner and department director. His clients include government, community associations, publishers and businesses. Paul also collaborates with consultants, attorneys and work groups on a project-by-project basis.
Paul fills the roles of a project manager, facilitator, technical writer and editor on the front end of a project — while on the back end focusing on document usability with indexes, glossaries, abstracts, consistency with styles, and features that increase content findability. In terms of the latter, it’s about easing the reading experience for your audience….which then eases the burden for the authors and managers accountable to the documentation.
Projects include writing, editing, formatting and usability features for town planning, community associations, publishing and business documentation.
Paul’s resume (best viewed in full-screen mode on a computer):
Contact: Client inquiries only please….absolutely no solicitations. Thank you in advance.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 520.271.2112
  • Billing and mailing address: 7829 Center Blvd SE #206, Snoqualmie, WA  98065
  • Note to client billing departments: please make check payments payable to Top Hat Word & Index


Articles & Blogging:
  • The Penny Farthing Commuter – The official biz blog of Top Hat Word & Index – over 75 posts covering various aspects of town planning and technical writing since 2010
  • “Free Up the Content! Solving the Usability Conundrum in Our Plans and Government Documents” – 2016 March/April edition of Western Planner
  • “More Than Simply Gold Coins and a Prayer” – Spring 2012 edition of Indexers Ink
  • “The Librarian Interviews: Questions for KCLS Staff” – Summer 2011 edition of Indexers Ink
  • “Part of the Indexing Pie” – Fall 2011 edition of KeyWords
  • “Perpetual Blogging (Pt.2)” – Fall 2011 edition of Indexers Ink
  • “Perpetual Blogging (Pt.1)” – Spring 2011 edition of Indexers Ink
  • “Planes, Trains, or Automobiles?” – 2010 Spring edition of Indexers Ink
  • “The Art of Indexing” – Fall 2009 edition of Indexers Ink


Conference workshops (town planning field):
  • Public Service Essentials (presenter) – 2016 APA TX conference (San Antonio, TX); 2016 APA ID conference (Boise, ID); 2016 PAW conference (Everett, WA)
  • Effective Usability Tools for Planners (presenter) – 2015 APA WA Peninsula Section conference (Bremerton, WA)
  • Counter Culture (presenter) – 2015 APA WA Peninsula Section conference (Bremerton, WA)
  • Insights on Tribal Planning (panel speaker) – 2001 APA AZ conference (Oro Valley, AZ)
Conference workshops (indexing & technical writing fields):
  • The Expansion of Indexing Town Hall (presenter) – 2016 ASI national conference (Chicago, IL)
  • Engage & Work It! (co-presenter) – 2016 ASI national conference (Chicago, IL)
  • Your 21st Century Marketing Strategy (presenter) – 2013 ASI national conference (San Antonio, TX); 2013 ASI Rocky Mountain chapter conference (Denver, CO)
  • Coordinating Style Sheets with Clients (panel moderator) – 2013 ASI national conference (San Antonio, TX)
  • Don’t Just Break the Ice…Melt It! (co-presenter) – 2012 ASI national conference (San Diego, CA)
  • Polishing Your Title – Editing, Proofreading, Indexing (panel speaker) – 2011 Northwest Bookfest (Kirkland, WA)
Professional affiliations:
  • American Society for Indexing (ASI) – National Board of Directors (2016-18), Past-President of Pacific Northwest chapter
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Planning Association of Washington (PAW)
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Washington Hospitality Association (WHA)


Civic, nonprofit & scholastic affiliations:
  • City of Snoqualmie (WA) – Parks & Events Commission (2014-current)
  • Washington State Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Foundation
  • YMCA of Seattle – Camp Orkila “Donate To Camp” program
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Western National Parks Association
  • Sky Island Alliance (Tucson, AZ)
  • Children International
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), International Geographic Honor Society (Arizona State chapter – inducted 1992)