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Agenda for Class #1. Introduction 18:00 – 18:15 The Writing Process 18:15 – 18:45 Planning and Organizing Strategies 18:45 – 19:00 Drafting Strategies 19:00 – 19:30 Coffee Break 19:30 – 19:45 Revising Strategies 19:45 – 20:30 Informing 20:30 – 21:00. Introduction. Steve Whitmore

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Agenda for Class #1

Introduction 18:00 – 18:15

The Writing Process 18:15 – 18:45

Planning and Organizing Strategies 18:45 – 19:00

Drafting Strategies 19:00 – 19:30

Coffee Break 19:30 – 19:45

Revising Strategies 19:45 – 20:30

Informing 20:30 – 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?

Introduction to the Writing Process

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

Introduction to the Writing Process

introduction to the writing process

Introduction to the Writing Process

Steve Whitmore

January 2006

Introduction to the Writing Process

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?

Introduction to the Writing Process

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