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Assignments - Project One Analysis of Professional Writing...

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Project One: Analysis of Professional Writing Practices In academic settings, students write mainly for their teachers to demonstrate what they have learned. In W231, we will learn to write for non-academic audiences for a variety of purposes. Project One introduces professional writing as a subject of study through assignments that require you to gather and report information about professional writing by interviewing someone who writes on the job; by creating a report on professional writing that reviews the recent literature on that topic; and by applying all this information to your own career goals involving writing. Due to me in a folder on Wednesday, September 16: ____ Interview guide ____Thank you letter to your interviewee* ____Document analysis memo ____Document you analyzed ____If you submitted a rough draft for my comments, include it in your folder so I can see what you did in revision. *You should actually send the letter, but wait until you’ve gotten feedback from me so you can make any necessary corrections. The Interview with a Professional. The purpose of your first assignment is to introduce a common research skill: interviewing. It gives you the opportunity to speak with a professional in your field of study. You will collect information about nonacademic (workplace) writing you can compare with your previous writing experiences. The information you gather in the interview will help you set goals for yourself as a W231 student and a professional writer. To begin, schedule a personal interview with a professional working in the field you hope to enter. Make sure you will be able to meet with this person in the allotted time frame. If you have not yet declared a major, select someone who writes as part of his or her job in a field you are interested in. To prepare for the interview, read pages on interviewing in your handbook and create an interview guide for yourself as the interviewer that includes the following: The name and title or area of expertise of your interviewee The date, time, and location of the interview The interviewee's address (You’ll need this for your thank-you letter.) A statement of purpose – a 1-2 sentence explanation of your purpose for conducting the interview A list of 8 - 10 open-ended logically sequenced interview questions designed to gather information about writing in your career area or in the workplace in general and the characteristics considered important in professional writing. Create a section of white space following each question so you will have room to record the responses. We will generate some sample interview questions in class. Note : Be sure to include a question about current problems your interviewee’s organization is experiencing to identify possible topics for the applied research project (Project 3). For another
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part of this assignment, ask for a sample document from the interviewee’s organization. They may need to black out names or other information. In some cases they may be unable to provide
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