RE: Tech Writing Curriculum

Subject: RE: Tech Writing Curriculum
From: "walden miller" <wmiller -at- vidiom -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 14:31:12 -0700

...The proper place for TW is in journalism schools....

I often had an argument in grad school concerning the nature of tech
writing. I contended (and still do) that composition, journalism, academic
writing, scientific writing, etc. are all forms of tech writing. The only
forms of writing that I excluded (and I am treading on thin ice here) is
fiction, poetry, and private journaling.

Its just a matter of audience, voice, and situational rhetoric (redundant
redundancy, I know).

Tech writing should be in whatever department will sponsor it.

The best fit IS English. English departments teach writing skills of many
kinds. and English professors are somewhat in love with language.
The best money is in any other department (other than religion, philosophy,
and art)

Grad programs often are found in sciences, rhetoric, English, and
communications. The fact that tech writers find themselves in different
"homes" is not that amazing. Tech writing encompasses most fields; most
fields write.

English grad programs make out big-time by expanding to include tech
writing. They get a large number of students willing to teach undergrad
writing to finance their grad school. Teaching freshling English is the
biggest issue with modern universities. There are never enough professors
to teach low level courses and keep high level courses offered on a regular
basis. But enrollment to English Lit grad schools is down, but tech writing
grad school enrollment is up. So, it works out fine. Put tech writing in a
different department and you have to find stipend-type work for the tech
writers. because English departments are not going to let Agriculture
department students teach English (no control).

I'm done for now.



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