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You do what? What does a technical communicator do?
We’ve been talking about what it means to be a technical writer–what we do, how we work, what we work on, all the bits that everyone wants to know at Thanksgiving when it’s time to sit down and talk to … Continue reading

Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:10:54 +0000

New year, new capstone!
Welcome to the 2015 Capstone in Professional Writing class blog. When I last taught this class, I tried to summarize some of our discussions and lectures here as a way to embody the public writing side of our discourse. Once … Continue reading

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:12:54 +0000

Ethics, Academia, and Thoughtful Language
I’ve been meaning to write up our last big class discussion since last week. No time like the present. We finished our Rhetoric of Inquiry/Rhetoric of the Social Sciences segment with Michael J. Shapiro’s “The rhetoric of social science: The … Continue reading

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:13:39 +0000


A Logically Sound Argument


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The Technical Writer’s Portfolio
Most jobs, if not all, require a potential employee to go through a series of interviews in order to asses how well they fit and are qualified for the position.  As a technical writer, a series of interviews will only … Continue reading



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Let’s Talk About Literature
I feel a need to preface what I’m about to say with a potentially important note, so here it is: The following article is by no means a reaction to any particular incident I have experienced, though I have experienced this as a writer. However, it is a general observation I have made over the […]


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Peter Gabriel needs to be needed. I can relate to that.
The class prompt for this posting was how I could present myself, with a portfolio, “in the best possible light.”  If restricted to one word, I would use honesty. But, I am not restricted and will develop my intended meaning.  I think honesty with oneself, with the audience, and with the meaning of the communication, […]


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Blog 6: And the point of me creating a portfolio is…………..?
Based on any and all of our class readings, why is a carefully designed portfolio potentially valuable for you, and how can you work to ensure that your portfolio presents you in the best possible light? This semester we have studied many different articles and authors. We have look at anything from Darwin to Longo. […]


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Blog Post 6
Based on any and all of our class readings, why is a carefully designed portfolio potentially valuable for you, and how can you work to ensure that your portfolio presents you in the best possible light? Reflecting back on all of the class readings, it seems that the reoccurring theme of knowing your audience and … Continue reading

Say What Matters

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Ready to Face the World
The end of my college journey is coming to an end. Sadly, I can’t say that I’ve never felt this prepared to take on the real world, or what I call Life After College. This is because I Know that … Continue reading


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My Name in Lights
It all comes back to the very first few weeks of class. Audience. A carefully designed portfolio is essential for self-promotion and declaring why it is that I am an…


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Blog 3
We talked about this briefly on Thursday in class that knowledge we find in textbooks can be very dangerous. We show up to our first day of class and our teachers require us to buy a book that supports how he or she will be expected to think the next couple months. We will be […]

Technically Blogging

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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up…
…a tech writer.  The role of a technical/professional writer is to successfully communicate specific information to their desired audience utilizing clear and concise language. Technical writing is objective while also persuasive. As discussed in class today, a good technical writer is an advocate of the reader or audience. This means effective technical communication promotes the […]


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Four Years in a Folder
A carefully designed portfolio is more than just putting together a document to get a job. It speaks not to just what I’ve done for four years, but how I’ve improved, as well. Looking at our most recent paper revision assignment, I realized how far I’ve really come. It is not often that you get […]

Write Mike

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History vs. History!
“Greedo shot first.”         —Me “What?! Heresy!” you may scream, brandishing your plastic lightsaber at me. “Slow down!” I say, “I’m just stating that to make a point: historical statements may not be as apodictic as they seem to be. Also, who carries a lightsaber around with them?” To which you might retort, “Who uses ‘apodictic’ […]

Last Updated: September 26, 2012