Professional Writing

Professional Writing is a mega-genre. It’s a basket of genres that are produced by writers, speakers, and knowledge makers . . . Examples of genres that might be called Professional Writing include business letters, reviews and recommendations, feasibility studies, progress reports, and application materials.

Synonymous Terms: Professional Writing may also be called Technical Writing, Workplace Writing

Related Concepts: Technical Writing Prose Style; Workplace Writing Studies


Professional Writing commonly refers broadly to texts written for business purposes. In turn, “technical writing” refers to documents that often explain technical processes or explain how to do something, such as technical descriptions and instructions and process reports.

Professional and Technical Writing texts share many similarities with traditional academic writing genres, such as an emphasis on clarity, succinctness, and thesis-driven, deductively organized texts. The skills you learned writing expository, persuasive, and argumentative documents serve as a useful tool chest for workplace documents.