Book: Writing A Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off the Job

Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off the Job (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication)Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off the Job by Gerald J. Savage
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just fine. Many of the narratives in here are engaging; some are a little too obviously moralistic, but this is honestly to be expected in a text intended to give students a glimpse of what life could possibly look like as a tech writer, tech communicator, or practitioner (depending on which term work for you). Though sometimes simplistic, the collection helped me to grapple with what we usually mean by ‘tech comm’–as well as what we can mean. One of the editors includes an anecdote wherein he is exhorted to “Keep giving voice to the profession” by an early review group. This certainly does that.

Not for the experienced practitioner, unless interested in professional narrative. Definitely for the student.

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