ERIC Number: ED186889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Writing for Survival.
The justification for including a year-long course in practical writing and editing in a research-oriented university's writing program and a description of that course are presented in this paper. Discussed are the responses to four questions: What is practical or survival writing? How much is there of it? What can a university gain from teaching it? How should it be taught? Practical writing is defined as letters, research reports, memos, proposals, summaries, news releases, newsletters, and rewriting. The amount of practical writing is measured and found to make up the bulk of writing produced at any point in history. The reasons listed for teaching practical writing at the university level include the benefit to the students as career preparation, the improvement of academic writing in general, and the need for extensive research on the process, product, and effect of writing. A major portion of the paper describes the organization and methods of the course that incorporate lists of specific writing assignments, visiting lecturers, eight-week long internships, student-prepared oral briefings related to their on-the-job experience, computer editing training, and class production of a promotional brochure. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).