ERIC Number: ED181486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
What Do Writers in Industry Write?
Locker, Kitty O.
Noting that one of the biggest factors in motivating students in technical writing classes is to convince them that they will need to write in their future jobs, this paper offers evidence for use by teachers in persuading students of the importance of developing their writing skills. The first part of the paper presents refutations of some of the arguments students frequently offer to explain why they will not need to write, such as: "Most of my communications will be oral,""I'll have a secretary or a technical writer to do my writing," and "I can use form letters." The second part identifies the kinds of documents people in several fields actually write, including brochures, bulletins, handbooks, newsletters, annual reports, news articles, articles for periodicals, cover letters, employee reprimands, evaluation reports, and job descriptions. The final part offers four suggestions for what should be stressed in technical writing courses: business communication; effective exposition, with special emphasis on narratives, procedures, and summaries; logic; and audience analysis and adaptation. (FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Workshop on the Teaching of Technical Writing (3rd, Carbondale, IL, October 12-13, 1979)