Your audience consists of the all the people who will read your document. Students often assume that their audience is their professor and that they don't have to think about audience. These are often incorrect assumptions. Effective writers have a clear idea about their intended audience. Audience can affect the writer's word choice, sources, structure, citations, and format.

Why is audience important? This site explains the significance of audience awareness.

Identifying and adapting to different audiences It's all here. Click through the menu on this Colorado State University Writing Studio page for specific help in evaluating and writing for different audiences.

Analyzing your audience "Do not write anything that does not help you communicate clearly with your audience. There are no rules; the audience rules." This little webpage cuts right to the heart of the matter.

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