A common challenge that working professionals encounter when going back to school is knowing who their writing audience is and how to write for them. Today, we'll look specifically at the field of social work and some of the common writing scenarios that social workers encounter. These scenarios include (but are not limited to) writing:
The genre (and the attendant audience) determine how you should write. For example, if you're writing an article for the Journal of Social Work, you should write and format your document in APA style. (How do I know this? It's listed in the journal's submission guidelines.) This is the same style that you use when writing most course assignments at APU, which means that your writing should be very similar in each.
If you're writing an application letter of some sort, keep in mind your audience. In most cases, applications don't include formal citations outside of your resume or curriculum vitae. If you were writing an application letter for example, you might mention that you've done work using a particular model of care, but without a citation. Compare these snippets of text:
If you're used to switching genres and audiences in your writing, this is easy to navigate. If you've mostly been writing in one genre for a long time, however, it's helpful to remind yourself of these things: