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1st Edition

Professional Writing Guide
Writing well and knowing why

ISBN 9780582871816
Published January 1, 1992 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

The Professional Writing Guide is for people who wish to improve the quality of their documents and the efficiency of their writing.

Busy executives and other writers in organisations, who may spend between 30 and 80 per cent of their working time writing, will find it invaluable because it clearly outlines the principles that underlie effective documents. This book will enable executives to write confidently, competently, and persuasively.

High quality output is crucial to a company's image and to a professional's own career advancement. Errors in a document can prove expensive. The Professional Writing Guide is an indispensable and accessible reference tool as well as a comprehensive style manual for writers who wish to avoid those expensive mistakes and make a positive impression.

Written by two long-term professional writing educators with extensive experience of consulting to Australian business and industry, this lively and highly practical book features workable, reliable, and powerful strategies that can be used to systematically eliminate the writing problems of organisational writers.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Writing in the Business Environment

Chapter 2 Reading in the Business Environment

Chapter 3 Using Experimental Thinking

Chapter 4 Critical Thinking

Chapter 5 Choosing an Appropriate Document Framework

Chapter 6 Structuring Paragraphs

Chapter 7 Shaping Sentences

Chapter 8 Considering Language

Chapter 9 Choosing the Right Word

Chapter 10 Deciding How to Punctuate

Chapter 11 Revising and Editing Your Documents

Chapter 12 Choosing Good Design

Chapter 13 The Impact of Technology on Writing

Chapter 14 Future Directions for Professional Writing


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Roslyn Petelin is a senior lecturer in Professional Writing in the School of Communication and Organisational Studies within the Faculty of Business at the Queensland University of Technology. She is editor of the Australian Journal of Communication.

Marsha Durham lectures in writing and organisational communication at the University of Western Sydney and is Head of Department of Language and Interaction Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a writing consultant and trainer to business and community groups and a founding editor of the journal of the Australian Society of Technical Communication (NSW).