Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Purposes in Writing

Question: What is the difference in purpose for writing a paper in a seminar and writing for publication?

Answer/Quote: “The paradox of graduate writing is this: there is a fundamental difference between writing for a seminar and writing for publication. The purpose of a seminar paper is to demonstrate that one has learned whatever she was supposed to have learned. Conversely, the purpose of writing for a journal or conference is starting or joining a conversation. One is about giving answers; the other is about asking questions, and the two are not easily reconciled.” P. 483.

Title: “Toward Graduate-Level Writing Instruction.” Laura R Micciche with Allison JD. Carr. College Composition and Communication (February 2011), 477-501.

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