Writing in the Real World: Making the Transition from School to Work

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Teachers College Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
How can we prepare the work-force of tomorrow for the increasing writing demands of the Information Age? Anne Beaufort provides a multidimensional response to this critical question. Offering a vital view of the developmental process entailed in attaining writing fluency in school and beyond, and the conditions that contribute to acquiring such expertise, Beaufort illuminates what it takes to foster the versatility writers must possess in the workplace of the twenty-first century.
 

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Anne Beaufort, an ethnographer, spent a year in a U.S. nonprofit agency, recording how four young writers learned to write the agency's letters, press releases, grant proposals. This book is full of dialog, before-and-after examples, and real-world advice. I recommend it very highly because I teach business writing; and college does NOT teach you what the real world requires of writers.  

Contents

The Question of Expertise in Writing
1
The Cultural Social and Physical
13
Converging
30
Socializing Writers into the Community
62
The Convergence of Knowledge
103
The Subgenre of Request Letters
114
The Genre of Federal Grant Proposals
120
Genre Acquisition at Advanced Levels of Writing Literacy
133
Bridging the Gap From Classroom to Boardroom
171
Getting Here from There
198
NOTES
211
INDEX
227
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 239
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