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Project 1: Client Profile

After your first meeting with the client, write a site/visit report to me in which you create a profile of your client. Length: 500 - 750 words.

1. In anticipation of your first meeting with the client, gather as much information as you can about the client's mission, values, goals, and clientele.


2. Consult a standard textbook on technical writing and review the general characteristics of the type of document that your client needs to be edited.


3. During your meeting with the client clarify and supplement the two issues above to create a complete profile of the client and the document.


4. After your meeting write a formal report to me in which you describe the client and the role that the document plays in the client's operations.

 

Project 2: Editing Analysis

After you have obtained the client's document, write an editing analysis in which you create a plan for your work. The point of this report is to propose what you will do to the document and why. Length: 500 - 750 words.

1. Review the audience, purpose, and type of document.

 

2. Analyze the document with respect to the four rubrics: content, form, style, and mechanics.

 

3. Write up the results of your editing analysis as a formal recommendation report to me. Organize the rubrics into two groups: comprehensive editing and copyediting. For each rubric include at least one illustrative example from the client's text.

 

Project 3: Progress Report

Halfway through your work on the client's document you will assess the status of your editing. The point of this report is to reflect on how you and the client feel about the editing of the document up to this point and to describe how the work will be completed. Length: 750 - 1000 words.

1. In anticipation of your meeting with the client collect at least one example of a change you made to the document in each of the four rubrics: content, form, style, and mechanics.


2. Formulate your explanations of precisely what changes you made are why you made them.


3. Convey these explanations to the client during your meeting, acknowledge any differences in opinion over them, and negotiate any changes that might be necessary in order for you and the client to agree about the completion of the work.


4. After your meeting with the client write a formal progress report to me in which you explain: (1) what has been accomplished to date; (2) what changes if any were negotiated with the client; (3) what remains to be done; and (4) how the project will be completed. Be sure to include specific examples from the text and from your conversation with the client to illustrate the points in your report. Include samples pages from both the edited and the unedited document to illustrate the claims you make in this report.

 

Project 4: Final Report

The point of this assignment is to report on the status of your client project at the point of handoff. This report should justify the choices you made in your interactions with the client and in your efforts to add value to the document. Length: 750 - 1000 words.

1. In anticipation of your meeting with the client review the contract you created with the client and organize your thoughts with regard to how you have met its objectives.


2. Formulate your explanations of precisely what changes you made to the document in each of the four rubrics: content, form, style, and mechanics.


3. During your last meeting with the client convey these explanations and hand off the document to them.


4. After your meeting with the client write a formal final report to me in which you: (1) explain the client's mission, values, goals, and clientele; (2) describe the role that the document plays in the client's operations; (3) summarize what changes you made to the document; and (4) describe what value these changes added to the document. Be sure to include specific examples from the text and from your conversation with the client to illustrate the points in your report. Include copies both the edited and the unedited document with this report.