Title

Craft and Narrative in DIY Instructions

Publication Title

Technical Communication Quarterly

Publication Date

2014

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/10572252.2013.798466

Keywords

craft, narrative, DIY instructions

Disciplines

Rhetoric and Composition | Technical and Professional Writing

Abstract

This article examines tutorials from the Web site, Instructables.com, to highlight the rhetorical possibilities of including personal narratives in instructions. The narratives in these tutorials offer detailed accounts of their authors’ experiences when constructing their projects, thereby functioning as accounts of the authors’ craft knowledge. Pitched to amateur hobbyists, rather than the professional audiences of many forms of conventional technical communication, these tutorials offer new ways of teaching craft knowledge and techniques.

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