ERIC Number: ED176325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Professional Writing Programs: Lessons for Freshman Composition.
Hammond, Eugene R.
A study of the advice given by professional writing consultants was undertaken because of the weaknesses found in many freshman composition texts. The findings suggest that these writing consultants have an edge over freshman composition instructors in their concern with their audience (sparing them excess verbiage and inflated prose), in their attention to the writer's voice, and in their attention to structure and organization. Texts prepared for professionals offer these lessons: the importance of using simple sentences; understanding the communication process of writer/message/audience not as a triangle but as three adjacent cogged wheels; emphasizing the use of parallelism, paragraphing, and transitions; and writing simply and directly by eliminating "wordflab." (A list of the sources surveyed is included.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)