HomeAnnotated BibliographiesWriting Beyond the University “I’ll Try to Make Myself Sound Smarter than I am”: Learning to Negotiate Power in Workplace Writing Share: Section NavigationSkip section navigationIn this sectionAnnotated Bibliographies Capstone Experiences Conditions for Meaningful Learning Global Learning Internships Learning Communities Mentoring Service-Learning Student-Faculty Partnership Undergraduate Research Work-Integrated Learning Writing Transfer In and Beyond the University Reference List Entry:Fitzpatrick, Brian, and Jessica McCaughey. 2022. "“I’ll Try to Make Myself Sound Smarter than I am”: Learning to Negotiate Power in Workplace Writing." In Writing Beyond the University Preparing Lifelong Learners for Lifewide Writing, edited by Julia Bleakney, Jessie L Moore and Paula Rosinki, 154-167. Elon, NC: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning.About this Book Chapter:While they interviewed over fifty participants, these authors explore in this chapter in detail the experiences of two US-based workplace writers as they grapple with new kinds of writing and learn on the job. The experiences of these two illustrative cases highlight that professionals who are not hired as “writers” often regularly write, and struggle to write with authority, for their jobs.