Re: Question about "How To" Articles

Subject: Re: Question about "How To" Articles
From: Don Cunningham <doncunningham79 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:44:30 -0800 (PST)

In 1981 Writer's Digest Books published a book by Raymond Hull (co-author of the Peter Principle) titled How to Write "How-To" Books and Articles. I've written an article on teaching how to write instructional material (Dwight Stevenson, ed. Courses, Components, and Exercises in Technical Communication. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1981) and a chapter on writing instructions (How to Write for the World of Work, 7th ed. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005). But I've never used the term "How-to," "How-To," or "How To," although the term is certainly a useful one.

What fun you will have writing that series. Instructions is one of the most intellectual challenging kinds of writings and presentations.

Good luck,

Don C.

Donald H. Cunningham
Professor Emeritus of English
Auburn University

Fellow, Society for Technical Communication
Fellow, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing




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From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:15 PM
Subject: Question about "How To" Articles

Hi, All,

I need to compile/write a series of How To pieces.

At the moment, I'm using "'How To' Articles" just to call them something.

But now I'm wondering: Should they be How-To Articles or "How To" Articles?

With hyphen or with quotes?

Cordially,
Craig

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