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Agenda for Class #1. Introduction18:00 – 18:15 The Writing Process18:15 – 18:45 Planning and Organizing Strategies18:45 – 19:00 Drafting Strategies19:00 – 19:30 Coffee Break19:30 – 19:45 Revising Strategies19:45 – 20:30 Informing20:30 – 21:00. Introduction. Steve Whitmore

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Introduction 18 00 18 15 the writing process 18 15 18 45

Agenda for Class #1

Introduction18:00 – 18:15

The Writing Process18:15 – 18:45

Planning and Organizing Strategies18:45 – 19:00

Drafting Strategies19:00 – 19:30

Coffee Break19:30 – 19:45

Revising Strategies19:45 – 20:30

Informing20:30 – 21:00

Introduction to the Writing Process


Introduction

Introduction

  • Steve Whitmore

  • ASB 9870

  • 604.291.4946 (W); 604.939.4562

  • [email protected]

  • http://www.ensc.sfu.ca/~whitmore/courses/ensc820/

  • Move Feb 14 (Valentine’s Day) class to 13 or 15?

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Assignments

Assignments

  • Best and worst project management practices (10%)

  • Manager’ strengths and weaknesses (20%)

  • Analysis and evaluation of project management (70%)

  • First 2 assignments are diagnostic and descriptive

  • Final assignment: persuasion, informing, organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation

  • The writing component for the 3 assignments sum to 20% of 820 grade

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Introduction to the writing process

Introduction to the Writing Process

Steve Whitmore

January 2006

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Learning objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will understand some basic concepts about the writing process.

  • Rule vs. strategy-based writing

  • The uniqueness of your writing process

  • The writing process as iterative

  • The importance of efficiency when writing

  • A key difference between expert and novice writers

  • Experiment with caution

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Rules vs strategies

Rules vs. Strategies

  • Never end a sentence with a preposition.

  • Never start a sentence with because.

  • Never use sentence fragments.

  • Never split an infinitive.

  • Never use the passive voice.

  • Etc.

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The case of prepositional endings

The Case of Prepositional Endings

  • Never end a sentence with a preposition?

That is the sort of errant effrontery up with which I shall not put.

-- Winston Churchill

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The case of because

The Case of Because

  • Test Question: Why did Spot chase Fluff in the story?

    What the student wrote:

  • Answer: Because Fluff is a cat and Spot is a dog.

    What the teacher wanted:

  • Answer: Spot chased Fluff because Fluff is a cat and Spot is a dog.

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Alternatives to because

Alternatives to Because

As the truck was in gear, the load of bricks slid off the tailgate.

Could mean:

While the truck was in gear, the load of bricks slid off the tailgate.

or

Because the truck was in gear, the load of bricks slid off the tailgate.

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Choices

Choices

  • Rule-based approach to writing  experience of failure  writer’s block or dislike of writing 

  • Strategy-based approach to writing  break the “rules” to achieve the goals required by a document 

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Unique writing processes

Unique Writing Processes

Determined by four key factors:

  • Usual practices

  • Environs

  • Attitudes

  • Audiences

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My writing practices

My Writing Practices

i ion

Compos t

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For example

For Example

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Writing as an iterative process

Writing as an Iterative Process

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Writing as a linear process

Writing as a Linear Process

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Increasing efficiency when writing

Increasing Efficiency When Writing

The Case of Creo Electronics Corporation

  • Estimates of time required to produce engineering documentation for prototype optical tape recorder:

    11 percent of total time devoted to documentation

    equals 3.3 person years

    equals $120,000 (1988 dollars)

  • A 10% increase in efficiency equals $12,000 saving

  • A 25% increase in efficiency equals $30,000 saving

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Strategies to increase efficiency

Strategies to Increase Efficiency

  • Improvements to writing environment:

     Provide a quiet interruption-free environment

     Organize the writing environment

     Improve the lighting and physical comfort

  • Improvements to computer skills:

     Master using the word processor

     Learn to touch-type or dictate

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Writing like an expert

Writing Like an Expert

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A rule that matters

A Rule that Matters?

  • Experiment with your writing process – try new approaches

    but . . .

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Reflections: How much time do you actually spend revising your work?

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