The Working Writer / Edition 5

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For first-year writing courses, and other courses with an emphasis on the writing process.

The Working Writer is a brief, process-oriented writing guide, including a combination of purposes and genres. The author stresses the importance of building students' confidence through finding their own voice in writing, using journaling and other strategies. The Working Writer has more coverage of research than any other brief rhetoric.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132278966
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 418,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Working Writer, fifth edition

Part One

1 Why Writing Matters

2 Reading Texts Critically

3 Reading Images Critically

4. The Elements of Composition

5 Keeping a Journal

6 Strategies for Starting

7 Sharing and Responding


Writing Essays

8 Reflecting on Experience

9 Exploring Identities: Self and Others

10 Explaining Things

11 Arguing For and Against

12 Interpreting Texts

13 Writing Creative Nonfiction

14 Writing Essay Examinations


Revising and Editing

15 Strategies for Revision

16 Focused Revision

17 Openings and Closings

18 Options for Paragraphs

19 Options for Sentences

20 Punctuating Sentences

21 Portfolios and Publishing


Research across the disciplines

22 Writing and Research Across the Disciplines (new short chapter)

23 Strategies for Conducting Research

24 Conducting Library Research (include info from evaluating sources…)

25 Conducting Online Research (include info from evaluating sources…)

26 Conducting Field Research (include info from evaluating sources…)

27 Working with Sources (include plagiarism)


Writing on the Job (includes Writing Letters and Résumés)

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The basic approach of The Working Writer remains the same from edition to edition: to address the needs of working undergraduate writers in a friendly, writer-to-writer manner, and to present the process of writing as both rigorous and delightful. The Working Writer presents a process approach to the teaching of writing, examining the different but overlapping stages of writing we call planning, drafting, researching, revising, and editing. The book stresses the rhetorical issues of audience, purpose, and voice throughout, as well as the details of field, library, and Internet research—with particular attention to evaluating sources. All chapters emphasize that writing well is a matter of making wise choices rather than following formulas or rules.

The fourth edition of The Working Writer includes up-to-date strategies of using the Internet for research and for documenting Internet sources correctly according to newly revised MLA and APA conventions. The research chapters guide writers through the many stages of the whole process, which is viewed here as yet another matter of making choices: from keeping a project log and learning how to find sources (including the proliferation of electronic choices), to conducting field research, to using and documenting sources. These chapters offer strategies for planning, organizing, and writing major research papers.

New to this edition are the student essays in Chapter 21, "Research Essays: A Sampler" as well as new strategies for "Conducting Internet Research" (18), that is, the mode of research most commonly used (and misused) in the writing of college research paper. Also updated is thechapter on "Creative Nonfiction" (24), which suggests that all undergraduates might profit from learning to write in lively experimental forms and styles. I've found that first-year students welcome the chance to write snapshot style as well as to experiment with multiple voices and the effective uses of both labyrinthine and fragments sentences.

I'd like to acknowledge the continued stimulation and ideas I receive from my students at the University of Vermont. I would also like to thank my thoughtful editors at Prentice Hall, Corey Good, Karen Schultz, and Joan Foley, for their professional help and support, and Brandy Dawson, our shrewd and thoughtful Executive Marketing Manager. Thanks, too, to the following reviewers who reviewed this book and offered suggestions for improving it: Richard Fine (Virginia Commonwealth University), Patricia Stoll (University of Illinois, Chicago), Debra S. Knutson (Dakota State University), Marti L. Mundell (Washington State University).

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