Technical Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 6

Edited by Kirk St.Amant and Pavel Zemliansky

CoverThe sixth volume of the Writing Spaces series explores writing in technical and professional communication. Like earlier books in the series, it continues the tradition of covering a wide range of topics about writing. In each chapter, authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly. Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about the craft of technical and professional writing. Consequently, each essay functions as a standalone text that can easily complement other selected readings in technical and professional writing courses or in writing-intensive courses across the disciplines at any level.

Table of Contents

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1. Who Is the User? Researching Audiences for Technical Documents, Emma J. Rose

2. Assessing Sources for Technical Communication Research, Therese I. Pennell

3. Last to Be Written, First to Be Read: Writing Memos, Abstracts and Executive Summaries, K. Alex Ilyasova

4. Drafting Technical Definitions and Descriptions, Quan Zhou

5. Let’s Party: Composing a Review of the Literature on a Technical Topic, Daniel P. Richards

6. Stronger Together: Collaborative Work in the Technical Writing Classroom, Laurence José

7. Worth a Thousand Words: Constructing Visual Arguments in Technical Communication, Candice A. Welhausen

8. Technical, Scientific, and Business Presentations: Strategies for Success, Darina M. Slattery

9. Writing Technical Content for Online Spaces, Yvonne Cleary

10. Social Media as a Space for Today’s Technical Communication Work, Clinton R. Lanier

11. Introduction to Usability and Usability Testing, Felicia Chong and Tammy Rice-Bailey

12. Beyond Audience Analysis: Three Stages of User Experience Research for Technical Writers, Joanna Schreiber

13. “Not So Fast”: Centering Your Users to Design the Right Solution, Candice Lanius and Ryan Weber

14. Basic Approaches to Creating Accessible Documentation Projects: What Is Accessibility, and What Does It Have to do with Documentation Projects?, Cathryn Molloy

15. Designing Multimodal Technical Instructions for Cross-Cultural Resonance Using a Culturally Inclusive Approach, Audrey G. Bennett

16. How to Write for Global Audiences, Birgitta Meex

17. Composing Technical Documents for Localized Usability in the International Context, Keshab Raj Acharya


About the Editors

Kirk St.Amant is a Professor and Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University where he also serves as the Director of Louisiana Tech University’s Center for Health and Medical Communication.

Pavel Zemliansky is Professor of English for Academic Purposes at Oslo Metropolitan University. His research interests include international technical communication, online course design, and writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines (WAC/WID). His research has appeared in College English, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Kairos, and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. He is the co-winner of the 2017 CCCC Award for the Best Collection of Original Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication for the book Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication in Post-Soviet Spaces (Lexington Books, 2016) and a founder of the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing book series.

Publication Information: St.Amant, Kirk, & Pavel Zemliansky (Eds.). (2024). Technical Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 6.; Parlor Press; The WAC Clearinghouse.

Publication Date: June 2024

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Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing

Series Editors: Trace Daniels-Lerberg, Bryna Siegel Finer, Mary Stewart, and Matthew Vetter

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