This book offers something quite new - an advanced textbook that considers professional writing as a negotiated process between writer and reader. Arguing that ethics, imagination and rhetoric are integral to professional writing praxis, the book encourages students to look critically at various writing practices in a range of contexts. A textbook for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in Linguistics, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies.
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Marking the Space: Writing as Ethical, Imaginative and Rhetorical Praxis The Struggle to Relate: Writers and Readers of Corporate and Public Documents Public Information: Up For Debate or Up For Sale?: Writing via the Internet Challenging Unreliable Narrators: Writing and Public Relations Being Professional by Email: Who/How Are you? Notes References Index
'Surma's broad definition of professional writing (which includes many forms of public writing) and the three-part rubric that she uses to frame her analysis of professional writing practices, are key strengths of this book, along with her approach to ethics and communication and her international perspective.' - Jim Porter, Director of Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University