RE: Teaching a writing class for co-workers

Subject: RE: Teaching a writing class for co-workers
From: "Anameier, Christine A - Eagan, MN" <CANAMEIE -at- email -dot- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 10:24:27 -0600

In response to Ashley's question, Keith wrote:
"Basically, I'd teach them how to provide you with editable information.
Give them a checklist of what kind of information you need, and then
your energies into editing their work in such a way as to show how much
difference a REAL writer can make. Don't waste time training them to
compete with you; instead, teach them to facilitate your job."

I'll second that.

Often I work on small internal documents that begin as "drafts" prepared
by my subject matter experts. Almost invariably, I rewrite the
drafts--move stuff around, add material, delete material, modify the
focus... tear apart and rebuild, basically. I would rather they NOT
spend a lot of time and energy on wordsmithing their material, because
it would only make them more territorial about it.

Last month one of my SMEs wrote me an email that included this
observation: "As always, I give you coal, and you turn it into a



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