Pocket Guide to Technical Writing

Pocket Guide to Technical Writing

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For courses in Technical Writing, Technical Communication, Writing for Technicians, and Business Writing; as well as corporate training seminars in writing.

This well-written, practical text serves perfectly as an inexpensive supplement to technical and scientific courses where students need to write documents such as reports, proposals, letters, and memos. Unique in its combination of an alphabetized handbook with brief chapters on organization and efficiency, this handy reference for on-the-job writing gives quick, easy-to-find answers to common writing problems faced in various technical and professional careers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153.4 x 233.2 x 12.4mm | 299.38g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 3rd edition
  • index
  • 0130476110
  • 9780130476111

Table of contents

1. The Writing Process: Achieving Speed and Quality.

Definition of Technical Writing. Nine Steps to Better Writing. Writing in Groups.

2. Structure: Achieving Order and Design.

Basics of Organization. ABC Format. Page Design.

3. Special Topics: Graphics and Oral Presentations.

Graphics. Oral Presentations.

Appendix A: ABC Formats and Examples.

Appendix B: Writing Handbook.


Planning Form.
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About William S. Pfeiffer

Sandy Pfeiffer has spent a career in technical and professional writing. With a Ph.D. in English, he is vice president for academic affairs and a professor of English at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. His home department offers both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Technical and Professional Communication, as well as a B. A. in International Technical Communications.

Besides the Pocket Guide, Pfeiffer has written Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, now in its 5th edition (Prentice Hall, 2003). The book is used in colleges and universities around the country. He also wrote Proposal Writing: The Art of Friendly Persuasion (Merrily 1989); coauthored, with Chuck Keller, Proposal Writing: The Act of Friendly and Winning Persuasion (Prentice Hall, 2000); and wrote Pocket Guide to Public Speaking (Prentice Hall, 2002).

Since 1979, Pfeiffer has taught communication seminars to business, industry, and government groups in the United States and overseas. Sample seminar topics include Report Writing, Proposals, Oral Presentations, Effective Meetings, and Technical Editing.
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