Case Studies of Professional Writing in the Workplace: Insights for the Classroom
Writing in the classroom may not accurately reflect the ways in which writing occurs in the workplace. By understanding the writing practices of writers in the workplace, professional writing instructors can present better-informed models of writing to students in the introductory professional writing course. This article reviews the literature of writing in the workplace, presents two case studies of on-the-job writers — an experienced and novice supervisor in a steel plant, and suggests how we might use this information to shape our approach to teaching the introductory professional writing course.
Keywords: Writing Instruction, Workplace Writing, Professional Writing
Dr. Mark Mabrito
Associate Professor of English, English Department, Purdue University Calumet