Re: Teaching a practical business writing class and looking for professional rubrics

Subject: Re: Teaching a practical business writing class and looking for professional rubrics
From: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Rob Hudson <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:36:48 -0700

Have them memorize Strunk and White's, The Elements of Style.

Also, confusing style with grammar

Tell them to stay away from arguments about Frame v. Word, one space v. two,
bmp v. gif v. jpg, sans-serif v. serif, and discussions about colors or
font, and any thing about serial commas. Also they should refrain from
discussions about Tech Writing standards, there are none.

Oh and contrary to popular belief, The Microsoft Manual of Style is not a
bible. It is a book of guidelines as are the Chicago Manual of Style, and
the AP Style Guide. Pick one and stick with it. Consistency counts.

Are there any other long standing arguments that I have neglected to
mention?

<grin>

w

On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM, Rob Hudson <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
>
> I'm putting together a business writing course for undergraduates and
> wanted to survey the professional community about rubrics, or criteria
> lists, for various business and technical writing assignments. I
> figure that since you are all professionally experienced, you might
> have good insight into what you'd like to see from new
> technical/business writers.
>
> To ask it another way, what are the most common mistakes or problems
> you see from new writers in the workplace? I can back those ideas into
> criteria for assignments.
>
> I want to stay in touch with the professional world as I move forward
> in this class.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Rob
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