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Issue Brief: Technical and Professional Writing

Stuart Selber

Penn State University

Technical and professional writing is a species of rhetoric that encompasses the discursive work of both technical specialists and workplace writers and communicators. Practitioners tend to focus on best practices for creating effective communication. Teachers at the college level tend to focus on the service course for technical specialists, on courses for students majoring or minoring in technical or professional writing, and on graduate courses that train people to be either workplace researchers or university professors. University professors tend to focus on not only best practices for creating effective communication but also on the social implications of those practices for culture. The topic area holds an expansive definition of "writing," which includes the visual, new media, and electronic communication.

Leading Journals

Technical Communication Quarterly

Journal of Business and Technical Communication

Journal of Technical Writing and Communication

Technical Communication

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Programmatic Perspectives: Journal of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

Relevant Organizations

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

Society for Technical Communication

IEEE Professional Communication Society

ACM SIGDOC (Special Interest Group on Design of Communication)

Relevant Web Sites

Technical Writing at Wikepedia

E-Server Technical Communication Library

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Relevant Email Discussion Lists




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Posted By: 447214 on 10/24/2015 4:11:48 PM

Some of the links to the professional organizations are dead.

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