Rewriting Work

Edited by Lora Anderson
Copy edited by Meg Vezzu. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverBecause of its centrality to the professional identity of any communications-focused discipline, the workplace has for decades been a focus of practice and scholarship in technical and professional communication. The contributors to Rewriting Work examine workplace writing through the lenses of identity and changing communication practices, arguing that place can be viewed as a productive frame for understanding how technical and professional communication has changed over the last two decades. The result is a timely set of chapters that approach workplace writing through two key questions: How do we fit in? How do we adapt? The answers to these questions provide insights into the primary factors that have shaped the practices and identities of technical and professional communicators in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Introduction, Lora Anderson
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.1.3

1. Common Thread, Varied Focus: Defining Workplace in Technical and Professional Communication, Jeremy Rosselot-Merritt and Janel Bloch
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.01

2. Emphasizing Place in Workplace Research, Lisa Melonçon
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.02

3. Understanding 21st-Century Workplace Writing Communities: An Ethnomethodological Study of Phatic Communication in Large Corporations, Lance Cummings
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.03

4. Freelancers as a Growing Workplace Norm: Demonstrating Expertise in Unfamiliar Communities of Practice, Brian Fitzpatrick and Jessica McCaughey
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.04

5. Writer Identity, Literacy, and Collaboration: 20 Technical Communication Leaders in 2020, Ann Hill Duin and Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.05

6. Functional Flexibility: Cultivating a Culture of Adaptability for the Work of Professional Writing, Mark A. Hannah and Chris Lam
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.06

7. Entry-Level Professional Communicators in the Workplace: What Job Ads Tell Us, Kelli Cargile Cook, Bethany Pitchford, and Joni Litsey
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128.2.07


About the Editor

Lora Anderson is Associate Professor in technical and professional writing at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on technical communication pedagogy and medical rhetoric. Her book Living Chronic: Agency and Expertise in the Rhetoric of Diabetes was published in 2017. She is also a co-editor of the 2023 edited collection Ohio under COVID published by the University of Michigan Press.

Publication Information: Anderson, Lora (Ed.). (2023). Rewriting Work. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Digital Publication Date: December 6, 2023
Print Publication Date: Pending

ISBN: 978-1-64215-212-8 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-213-5 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-616-4 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.2128

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Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication

Series Editor: Lisa Melonçon, University of South Florida

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