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Kessler and McDonald's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE is praised by students for its straightforward and clear-almost conversational-presentation of grammar. This versatile grammar and usage handbook will work for you as a beginning student and as you continue as a media writer. It provides concise, clear explanations and examples, as well as quick and accurate answers to grammar or usage questions. The unique 'from writer to writer' perspective guides you through the writing process.
"I believe it is the best grammar book out there, period. It is accessible in that it explains in an easy, understandable way concepts that can oftentimes be difficult to understand. It is neither condescending nor arrogant in its approach. The book is useful to the novice as well as the experienced writer, which is unusual… When Words Collide is the most important instrument in any writer's toolbox. It complements other writing books but is also essential as a stand-alone stylebook on writing and grammar."
"The first strength is its length/size. It's small enough that it doesn't seem to be a problem to carry around as a handy reference. The second is its clarity. It's written simply and to the point, and clearly demonstrates the principles its teaching. Last, it clearly has an advantage over many other writing books in that it's designed for media writers. "
Lauren Kessler is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction, including most recently, My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thickets of Adolescence. She is also the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club - which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state's 2009 sesquicentennial. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, Utne Reader, The Nation, newsweek.com and salon.com, and she blogs at www.myteenagewerewolf.com. She is a national speaker and workshop leader. The founder and editor of Etude, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. Find out more at www.laurenkessler.com.
Duncan McDonald is professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, where he also served as Dean of the School of Journalism and Communications as well as Vice President of Public Affairs and Development. He is a former Deputy Director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. A former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher, he has co-authored texts in grammar, media writing, information gathering and graphics.
Preface. 1. Hey. 2. gmr: CWOT? 3. Ten Little Secrets, Ten Big Mistakes. 4. The Sentence. 5. Power and Precision: It Begins with the Verb. 6. The Rest of the Crew. 7. Are We in Agreement? 8. Punctuation: Graceful Movements, Confident Stops. 9. Clarity and Conciseness. 10. Style. 11. Appropriate and Sensitive Language. PART II: TOPICAL GUIDE TO GRAMMAR AND WORD USE. Appendix A: Spelling. Appendix B: Homonyms, Homophones, Spell-Checks, Oh My! Appendix C: Irregular (Make That Troublesome) Verb Forms.