- 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.
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.
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,
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.
in the new edition is extensive coverage of the methods of documentation
found in such stylebooks as MLA, APA, and the Chicago Manual of
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
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."
has taught at Southern Miss since l974, is also regarded as an international
authority on the plays of Tennessee Williams.