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The Business Writer's Companionis an easy-access guide to the most common types of business writing and communication by a dedicated author team with decades of combined academic and professional experience. It places writing in a real-world context with hundreds of business writing topics and more than 60 sample documents. Always anticipating the needs of today's business writers, the sixth edition includes updated information on the technologies that are integral to workplace writing and offers tips about professionalism.
GERALD J. ALREDis professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches courses in professional writing and directs the Graduate Certificate Program in International Technical Communication. He received the 2004 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication.
CHARLES T. BRUSAW is a business-writing consultant for corporations worldwide. He worked for twenty years as a technical writer for the NCR Corporation and has also worked in advertising, public relations, and curriculum development.
WALTER E. OLIU until recently served as Chief of the Publishing Services Branch at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a communications consultant in the Washington, D.C. area and has taught at Miami University of Ohio, Slippery Rock State University, and Montgomery College.
All three are co-authors of The Business Writer's Handbook, Ninth Edition; the Handbook of Technical Writing, Ninth Edition; and Writing That Works, Tenth Edition.
Table of Contents
Five Steps to Successful Writing
Tab 1. The Writing Process
audience collaborative writing conclusions context defining terms description ethics in writing global communication introductions organization outlining paragraphs persuasion point of view preparation process explanation promotional writing proofreading purpose readers revision scope writing a draft
*Tab 2. Workplace Technology
*adapting to new technologies *blogs/forums e-mail
*FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) instant messaging *repurposing selecting the medium *text messaging Web design writing for the Web
Tab 3. Research and Documentation
bibliographies copyright documenting sources interviewing for information note-taking paraphrasing plagiarism quotations research