Professional Writing in Context: Lessons from Teaching and Consulting in Worlds of Work

Professional Writing in Context: Lessons from Teaching and Consulting in Worlds of Work

Professional Writing in Context: Lessons from Teaching and Consulting in Worlds of Work

Professional Writing in Context: Lessons from Teaching and Consulting in Worlds of Work

Synopsis

"This book, designed for upper-division and graduate-level courses in technical and professional writing, explores in considerable depth and detail adult work-world writing problems in five major sectors of the economy, and offers specific strategies for curricular reforms that might help re-shape college-level writing courses and programs in the years to come. Its authors, all of whom have more than 20 years of experience as both writing teachers and corporate consultants, suggest that adult professionals need writing courses and programs more specifically targeted to the special problems and processes they will encounter in their particular worlds of work." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book about writing and its teaching -- like most books about writing and its teaching, I suspect -- has a story, and I don't want to belabor it, but I do want to tell it.

Carolyn Matalene and I had known and admired each other for several years, mostly for what we had written about writing, or written about teaching, or written about each other. And, as writers and teachers and friends often do, we decided to do something together. Something different. Something we thought needed to be done. Something about how our work-world experiences had transformed our thinking about writing and the teaching of writing. Something simple, straightforward, and reader-friendly. Substantive and informative, of course, but a little more "relaxed" and "accessible" than academic work tends to be, written in our "most natural" voices.

Then, as folks on such missions often do, we realized that there was probably more to be said than we could say by ourselves, so we got some of our friends to help us. Because my own work-world experience was primarily with for-profit corporations, and Carolyn's was primarily with state and local government agencies, and because we weren't completely sure (and wanted to find out) if writing issues remain pretty much the same from one work-world sector to another, we asked Joyce Magnotto to talk about her extensive work in federal bureaucracies, Don Samson to take on the high-tech firms about which he knows so much, and Lynn Veach Sadler (the only former writing teacher/college president/publisher/management . . .

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