The Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing by Warren GreenThe Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing by Warren Green

The Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing

EditorWarren Green, Barbara Levy Simon

Paperback | July 17, 2012

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Social work practitioners write for a variety of publications, and they are expected to show fluency in a number of related fields. Whether the target is a course instructor, scholarly journal, fellowship organization, or general news outlet, social workers must be clear, persuasive, and comprehensive in their writing, especially on provocative subjects. This first-of-its-kind guide features top scholars and educators providing a much-needed introduction to social work writing and scholarship. Foregrounding the process of social work writing, the coeditors particularly emphasize how to think about and approach one's subject in a productive manner.

The guide begins with an overview of social work writing from the 1880s to the present, and then follows with ideal strategies for academic paper writing, social work journal writing, and social work research writing. A section on applied professional writing addresses student composition in field education, writing for and about clinical practice, the effective communication of policy information to diverse audiences, program and proposal development, advocacy, and administrative writing. The concluding section focuses on specific fields of practice, including writing on child and family welfare, contemporary social issues, aging, and intervention in global contexts. Grounding their essays in systematic observations, induction and deduction, and a wealth of real-world examples, the contributors describe the conceptualization, development, and presentation of social work writing in ways that better secure its power and relevance.

Warren Green founded the Writing Center at Columbia University School of Social Work and has been its director since 1995. He holds a BA and MFA from Columbia University and is a writer and educator living in New York City.Barbara Levy Simon is an associate professor of social work at the Columbia University School of Social Work and ...
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Title:The Columbia Guide to Social Work WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:July 17, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231142951

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Table of Contents

Foreword. A Social Work Leader on Writing, by Linda HoffmanPreface, by Jeanette TakamuraIntroduction, by Warren Green and Barbara Levy SimonPart I. The Foundations of Good Writing1. Writing in Social Work in the United States: 1880s to the Present, by Barbara Levy Simon2. Writing Strategies for Academic Papers, by Warren Green3. Writing for Publication in Social Work Journals, by Ronald A. Feldman4. Inscribing Knowledge: Writing Research in Social Work, by Denise BurnettePart II. Applied Professional Writing5. Student Writing in Field Education, by Kathryn Conroy6. Writing For and About Clinical Practice, by Mary Sormanti7. Getting the Policy Message Across to Diverse Audiences, by Shirley Gatenio-Gabel and Sheila B. Kamerman8. Writing in Program and Proposal Development: The Social Work Writer as Translator, by Marion Riedel9. Advocacy, by Vicki Lens10. Administrative Writing, by Sue MatorinPart III. Writing in Distinct Fields of Practice11. Writing in Family and Child Welfare, by Brenda G. McGowan and Elaine M. Walsh12. Writing Strategies for School Social Workers, by Alida Bouris and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos13. Writing About Contemporary Social Issues: Lessons Learned from Working with Street-Based Sex Workers, by Susan Witte14. Writing in the Field of Aging, by Ann Burack-Weiss15. Writing in International Work: Power, Knowledge, and Social Interventions in the Globalized World, by Fred Ssewamala and Elizabeth SperberNotesContributorsIndex

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A valuable acquisition.... Highly recommended.