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Writing Under Pressure : The Quick Writing Process

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Most writing is done under pressure. An executive has to produce a three-page position paper by tomorrow at nine. A department head suddenly has to write a one-page action memo by noon. A graduate student has a twenty-page research paper due in a week. Yet, while most students and professionals write under pressure-with limited time, limited space, and a supervisor or instructor to please-few approach the task systematically. In Writing Under Pressure, Sanford Kaye, a renowned expert on the subject, presents a system he calls the Quick Writing Process (QWP) that focuses on real-world writing tasks and demonstrates how to produce the clearest, most honest, most powerful work possible under the constraints of time and space. A writing instructor with twenty-five years' experience teaching students and professionals in business and government, Kaye tells writers how to budget their time and how to use this time efficiently. Exploring particular writing situations in which QWP can be applied to make the most of what the writer knows, Kaye discusses the process of taking exams, focusing on how instructors select questions and evaluate essays. He also considers writing in business and government, featuring an insightful analysis of a memo written by Colonel Oliver North. This memo highlights one of the most important issues writers in business and government face: whether to write the truth as they see it or simply what their bosses want to hear. Presenting a wealth of such examples, Kaye reveals how to break through stifling organizational codes in order to write memos and position papers that count. While most guides to writing ignore the constraints of time and space, Writing Under Pressure tackles these problems head on, making it an essential reference for students, business professionals, government officials, or anyone else faced with a difficult writing assignment that has to be done now.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195066618
  • 9780195066616
  • 536,894

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In Writing Under Pressure, Sanford Kaye, a renowned expert on the subject, presents a system he calls the Quick Writing Process that focuses on real-world writing tasks and demonstrates how to produce the clearest, most honest, most powerful work possible under the constraints of time and space.show more

About Sanford Kaye

Sanford Kaye is a teacher and consultant at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also teaches in the Harvard University Extension School and is the Director of the Essential Skills Center at Curry College. He co-founded the Writing Program at MIT and was a former Director of the Sloan Fellows Executive Training Program Writing Seminars.show more

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Kaye has done a great service to those of us...who must produce clear, persuasive, and action oriented writing as an essential part of our jobs....A useful and entertaining book. * Thomas J. Kelly, Vice President, IRM, Grumman Corporation * This is the best kind of writing book. Reading it lifts a veil from your eyes as it makes easily understandable those 'hidden' rules we've all occasionally followed, but have rarely if ever verbalized....A time-saver for anybody who writes under pressure. * Luis Hurtado-Sanchez, Integrated Office Systems Manager, Hewlett-Packard Company * This book tells us not just how to write, but how to live....[Kaye's] writer is a jujitsu artist who turns hostile, external pressure into force of feeling and expression. * Joseph G. Mayer, Principal Software Writer, Wang Laboratories, Inc. * Will be enormously helpful to many different kinds of students. It directly and engagingly addresses real writers coping with real tasks, and presents practical solutions to common difficulties....Kaye avoids the egotism and artificiality that plague many who counsel beginning writers; he frees his reader to write independently, responsibly, and effectively in all circumstances. * Prudence L. Steiner, Director, Expository Writing Program, Harvard University Extension School * A good book which I will order as an optional reading."Eric Graig, Queens College Upper division students invariably say that this is the most useful they have encountered in college on how to write. * Dr. Bill M. Donovan, Loyola College in Maryland * More useful than any comparable writer's handbook for the kind of writing that most students actually have to do. * Paul Teverow, Missouri Southern State College * A useful system for getting started and getting finished. * Anne M. Durbin, Bryn Mawr College *show more

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