Administrative Policy Writing
Professional Style: Some General Points
Professional style requires a higher level of formality than most people are
We live in an age of
Because informality is the norm, you have to
adopt a more
tone in professional writing. Almost like you are speaking another
But you should not be stiff, bureaucratic, or aloof either: a balance.
Government correspondence is subject to the
Public Information Act
on this later in the semester.)
As a general rule, if you work for the government, assume that everything you
write is public information: email, letters, etc.
Imagine everything you write on a billboard over Interstate 35.