Re: student writing proficiency

Subject: Re: student writing proficiency
From: "Stephen Arrants" <stephen -dot- arrants -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2003 15:32:00 -0700

"Jeff Hanvey" <jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk> wrote:

> Writing is a skill, and it can be taught. I taught freshman composition
> 2 year, and I saw very weak writers improve dramatically - some even
> very solid writers.
> It takes a lot of practice, just like with anything.

Oh yes, I agree! I came into technical writing from working for computer
magazines and for a government think-tank. Nothing really prepared me for
the mechanics of technical writing but coursework and practice, practice,
practice. If I look back at some earlier stuff and compare it to later
writing, I can see an improvement. John Brogan's book "Clear Technical
Writing" was a big help for me -- someone who knew how to write, but didn't
know how to write as a technical writer.


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