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Public and Professional Writing

Ethics, Imagination and Rhetoric

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About this book


This book offers something quite new - an advanced textbook that considers professional writing as a negotiated process between writer and reader. Arguing that ethics, imagination and rhetoric are integral to professional writing praxis, the book encourages students to look critically at various writing practices in a range of contexts. A textbook for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in Linguistics, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies.


communication linguistics public relations rhetoric

About the authors

ANNE SURMA is Lecturer in English and Professional Writing, School of Arts, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. She has also worked as an editor and writing consultant in the commercial sector.

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'Surma's broad definition of professional writing (which includes many forms of public writing) and the three-part rubric that she uses to frame her analysis of professional writing practices, are key strengths of this book, along with her approach to ethics and communication and her international perspective.' - Jim Porter, Director of Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University