The Grey Lit Café

Writing reports successfully: a professional view

October 03, 2022 Anthony Haynes Season 2 Episode 18
The Grey Lit Café
Writing reports successfully: a professional view
Show Notes

Anthony Haynes writes: This episode draws on extensive experience of working professionally on reports in order to provide practical advice and guidance to authors writing reports.

The topics that Engy Moussa and I discuss include:

  • what a report is (the meanings of 'report')
  • identifying and charaterising your audience
  • articulating your goal
  • establishing a workflow
  • using models
  • working with word budgets
  • creating sample text
  • working collaboratively


This eisodes recommends the following:

  1. Bruce Cooper, Writing technical reports (Penguin, 1964)
  2. University of New South Wales, 'Report writing support':
  3. Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, '21 top tips to make the most of your freelance copyeditor or proofreader':

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