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A good writer has a distinctive voice. A great writer has an inimitable one. Regardless of subject or place in time or space, good and great writers share one trait-they are true to their personalities, spirits, and characters. How do they do this? How can WE do this as teachers and writers? And how can we show our students what crafting an authentic voice entails?

One of our premier writers on the writing process and writing workshop, Tom Romano, tells us. In a compelling and manageable text, he makes the case for giving special time and attention to voice as a means to get students involved and improve their writing, particularly expository writing. Using his own strong voice and trademark narrative style, he teaches by example-his own and his students'-how writers can be true to themselves and vivid on the page to pull readers in and keep them reading.

More than that, Romano is an irresistible motivator to write well. His infectious enthusiasm, intellect, and heart shine through every chapter-from his tempting "antipasto" of stories and poems beginning each section of his book to the delicious courses that follow. He divides his text into small readable parts that consider the "delight and dilemma of voice," the qualities of voice, and the relationship of voice and identity. Many examples indicate ways to "trust the gush." And there are practical ideas here, too-strategies and techniques for immediate use in your teaching and writing.

Read and take heed of Romano. Craft an authentic voice in your own writing. Teach students how they can do the same. Then revel in the candor and insight, the absorbing and entertaining stories, the clear thinking--the good, maybe even great, writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005973
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/14/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,546,514
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Romano has published numerous bestselling books including Crafting Authentic Voice; Blending Genre, Altering Style; Zigzag; and Writing with Passion (all from Heinemann). A professor at Miami University, Tom teaches writing and language arts methods in the Department of Teacher Education. He is also an instructor at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.
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Table of Contents

The Delight and Dilemma of Voice Antipasto: Stopping By Woods After a Bronchoscopy

Reasons to Read

Voice Lessons

Email Admissions

Two Bands

Qualities of Voice Antipasto: "Poems," Gary Gildner

Qualities of Voice

Information Please

The Appeal of Narrative

Perception and Surprise

Surprise for Whom?

Humor, Lightness, Play

Trust the Gush Antipasto: Olivia Leads the Way

The Place of Passion

"Outcast," Lorie Barnhart

How Voice Is Lost

The Five-Paragraph You-Know-What

Of Buts and Burrs and Bad Advice

Grammatically High-Strung

Whatever It Takes: Breaking the Rules in Style

Mischief, Rebellion, Attitude

Many Voices


"It's Alive! It's Alive! It's Alive!"

Wear a Mask, Unleash a Voice

The Generative Power of Parallel Structure

"Who Said That?" David Schuster

Crafting Authentic Voice Antipasto: Squirming, Fretting, and Fraud

Enter Craft

Making It Rougher

Mind Pictures

Hit Dem Senses

What the Ear Knows

Linguistic Inebriation

Living Leaping Words

Who's Got the Action?

Weeding the Garden

Placement and Payoff

Great Lengths

Get Your Pipe and Blow Doughnuts: The Speed of Metaphor

Ingmar Bergman, Janis Joplin, and Howard Cosell: Allusions to Extend Meaning

Behold This Visage: How Speech Helps Writing

In the Beginning

And in the End

Working Together

Voice and Identity Antipasto: Huck, Holden, and Talya

The Moves in One Piece

A Small Work I Have to Do

Utmost Essence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Outstanding Teaching Reference

    Romano is a master at explanation! I never realized how many angles there were on the single topic of voice. As a high school English teacher, I found Romano's book to be the most helpful I've ever read on writing. Short chapters keep one's attention and they fit my busy schedule. I highly recommend this book as a 'classroom assistant'.

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