Re: re poets as tech writers and programmers - Book Reference Included

Subject: Re: re poets as tech writers and programmers - Book Reference Included
From: "Rebecca M. Coplon" <rmcoplon -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 11:16:07 -0400


I found the book I referred to last week. It's called WRITERS' WORKSHOP & THE WORK OF MAKING THINGS by Richard P. Gabriel. The back cover reads, in part:

" The writer's workshop provides creative writers with a time-tested teaching and revision tool, and business and technical professionals with a new and effective alternative to impersonal peer reviews and scientific workshops. In this intense, interactive, gift-based forum, writers help each other hone their craft and improve individual pieces of work.

... Whether you write poems, short stories, documentation, or software, the collective energy of a writers' workshop can significantly enhance innovation, clarity, and effectiveness in your writing.

... Poet and computer scientist Richard P Gabriel, Ph.D., M.F.A., introduced the writers' workshop to the software patterns community. He is the author of PATTERNS OF SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION OF LIST SYSTEMS. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines."

ISBN: 0-201-72183-X.



Rebecca Coplon
rmcoplon -at- hotmail -dot- com

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Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 7:17 AM
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Subject: re poets as tech writers and programmers

In a frenzy of gathering material for a creative writing group that I
was responsible for organizing, I picked up a book that I could never
decide where to shelve. It was about taking the form of a writer's
workshop and applying it to technical material, including programming.
I'll have to look it up (I'll obviously have to check both the writer's
group shelf AND the programming shelf to find it) and see if it comments
on this, but I my recollection is that it found more of a connection
between the productive activities of left and right brain than you'd
expect. I'll forward the reference along if anyone's interested.



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