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Author, Audience, Purpose

For English 101
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Kristina Young

on 24 June 2013

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Transcript of Author, Audience, Purpose

The Rhetorical Triangle Author Audience Purpose You are the author. In any given communication that you are starting or are responding to, when you speak or write, you are authoring.
Think about how you want to represent yourself.
Think about the voice you need to use to be heard by a particular audience. The audience is your audience--the people or person to whom you are writing or speaking. Whenever you write or speak, you need to think about who is going to be receiving your message.
What do they already know about your subject?
Will they be grading you?
What do you want them to do, think, or feel?
When you write for college and business, you are not writing in a vacuum; except in expressive creative writing, the audience is going to influence what you say and how you say it. The purpose is your reason for writing or speaking in the first place. The basic purposes are to explain, to describe, or to persuade. Notice that each of these purposes implies an audience (to whom).
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