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Released October 6, 2003


HATTIESBURG - Dr. Philip C. Kolin, professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published the seventh edition of his widely acclaimed business and technical writing textbook, Successful Writing at Work. Published this summer by Houghton Mifflin, this latest edition offers a comprehensive introduction and a post-college reference work for students launching their careers. The first edition of his book was published in l982.

Successful Writing at Work takes a practical approach to prepare students for a variety of business communication tasks they will face on the job, from writing effective e-mails and letters to preparing reports, proposals, and instructions. The new edition also includes writing guidelines and examples for writing policy manuals, Web sites, and even news releases.

Like Kolin's previous six editions, the new seventh edition provides abundant real-world examples, situations, and guidelines to help students prepare professional documents. "Effective models are critical for students to learn new skills," Kolin explained.

Kolin has included a range of realistic and rhetorically diverse documents (many of them annotated) drawn from Web sites, instructions, and summaries, among others.

The longest edition yet, the textbook provides enhanced coverage of thinking globally and writing for a multicultural audience. It also contains new material on the impact of Sept. 11, 2001, in the workplace through Web sites, sales letters, and two long reports - one on telecommuters as the new patriots and the other on the growing importance of multinationals in the world of work.

Also included in the new edition is extensive coverage of the methods of documentation found in such stylebooks as MLA, APA, and the Chicago Manual of Style.

Kolin also has added more than 25 new Tech Notes - boxed inserts that define, illustrate, and expand the commentary in the text. These Tech Notes range from a discussion of the importance of firewalls to using proper cell phone etiquette.

As in previous editions, Kolin stressed the importance of ethics in writing documents and supplied detailed and helpful guidelines and models to assist students.

"The new edition had to go through 12 Houghton Mifflin reviewers, plus four different editors in Boston," Kolin said. "Thank God, all of them were so very helpful."

Kolin, who has taught at Southern Miss since l974, is also regarded as an international authority on the plays of Tennessee Williams.


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