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What is Professional Writing? A Guide for Students by Perry Glasser. All Writing - Process. Object. Message. Writer. Audience. Different teaching theories focus on different aspects. Diagram adapted from A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers by Erika Lindemann.

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What is Professional Writing?

A Guide for Students

by

Perry Glasser


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All Writing - Process

Object

Message

Writer

Audience

Different teaching theories focus on different aspects.

Diagram adapted from A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers by Erika Lindemann


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Qualities of Professional Writers

  • Collaborative – professional writers work with subjects, primary sources and editors

  • Audience focused

  • Interdisciplinary thinkers

    • graphics and layout are part of the creative process


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Professional Writing Compared to:

  • Rhetoric – traditional composition, focuses on the Message

    • Persuasion and argument, or forms.

  • Writing in the Disciplines

    • Research for a social science or literature for examples

    • focuses on an agreed upon model of the world, the “Object”

  • Creative or Imaginative Writing

    • focuses on the Writer – “Write what you know.”

  • Professional Writing focuses on Audience


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Kinds of Professional Writing

  • Business Support Writing

    • Some business writing requires a specialized vocabulary: finance, education, etc.

  • Publishing

    • Literary journalism differs from reporting

    • Book publishing careers are built on editing and critical thinking skills

  • Electronic Media

    • PowerPoint

    • Desktop publishing

    • Web and Internet

    • Blogs, DVD, CDs – you name it


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Professional Writing Careers

  • Publishers – book and magazine editors, literary agents

  • Writers – freelance and staff writers

  • Corporate writers produce internal documents and external documents

    • Grants writers often work in the non-profit sector