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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

all writing process
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

qualities of professional writers
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
professional writing compared to
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
kinds of professional writing
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
professional writing careers
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