Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Rent from BN.com
(Save 73%)
Est. Return Date: 06/16/2014
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $27.11
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 42%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (28) from $27.11   
  • New (13) from $39.60   
  • Used (15) from $27.11   


This bestselling brief text is for anyone who needs tips to improve writing.

Writing with Style is storehouse of practical writing tips—written in a lively, conversational style. This text provides insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a dull style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions—and much more.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205028801
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 12/24/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 144,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

C ontents

A Word About These “Conversations”

Preface to the Third Edition



Chapter 1: Thinking Well

Chapter 2: Getting Launched

Chapter 3: Openers

Chapter 4: Middles

Chapter 5: Closers

Chapter 6: Diction

Chapter 7: Readability

Chapter 8: Superstitions

Chapter 9: Critical Analysis: Jousting with Mencken

Chapter 10: Dramatizing Your Ideas

Chapter 11: Revising

Chapter 12: Proofreading

Odds and Ends

Chapter 13: Punctuation







Exclamation points

Chapter 14: Quoting

Punctuation introducing quotations

Punctuation at the end of quotations

Miscellaneous small points

Indented quotations

Orphan quotes


Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry

References for quotations

Punctuating parenthetical references


Editorial insertions (square brackets)

Chapter 15: Abbreviations

Chapter 16: Tips on Usage

Chapter 17: Epilogue



Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    It's like turning a light on!

    This book was required in my college english course in 1978. I had always struggled with writing and this book was like turning a light on. It gave me the tools to produce a solid paper quickly and was my bible though college and grad school. Since I wished I had it sooner, I will buy it for my daughter who is entering high school next year. It should become her bible too!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 30, 2011

    This book will improve your writing and more

    I love this book. I t not only helped my writing but my public speaking and deep yet my basic philosophy on communication. He demands that the writer take risk. And I will challenge you to read a few pages and I bet you'll love it too. Unless your so in love with your every word you won't edit yourself, than this book isn't for you.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 7, 2008

    Written with Style

    Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California)<BR/><BR/>I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Trimble¿s WRITING WITH STYLE. This witty book is aptly titled: its numerous how-to suggestions are all written with style. <BR/><BR/>In the chapter ¿Writers Talking Shop,¿ Trimble quotes Lawrence Sterne, author of the classic novel ¿Tristram Shandy¿: ¿Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation.¿ Trimble own writing demonstrates this, amply justifying the book¿s subtitle ¿Conversations on the Art of Writing.¿<BR/><BR/>Talking about the use of semicolons, Trimble says: ¿The average college student isn¿t ready for semicolons. She hasn¿t discerned any need for them, nor is she eager to. They look forbiddingly exotic¿about as tempting as a plate of snails. The literary gourmets can have them; she¿ll stick with her comma and period¿.¿ Trimble¿s fourth sentence examples a graceful use of semicolon. A bit later, he quotes Mark Twain:¿Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.¿ Six more witty quotes are followed by his concluding paragraph: ¿If you need proof that semicolons can mix agreeably with a readable style, go to the nonfiction of Mark Twain, one of America¿s most readable stylists. You¿ll find maybe half a dozen semicolons per page. Or go to the writings of George Bernard Shaw, one of England¿s wittiest stylists. You¿ll find the same thing. Better still, since it¿s close at hand, open any copy of `Newsweek.¿ As my examples show, the pages of that magazine are sprinkled with semicolons, yet I have never heard `Newsweek¿ called heavy or formal.¿ <BR/><BR/>In the preface, Trimble invites readers to email him at his university address. I did. He graciously emailed back the same day, answering in considerable detail each of my questions. Thanks.<BR/><BR/>-- C J Singh

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    One of the best if not the best

    This is an outstanding book relating to academic writing. Trimble makes the difficulties normally associated with writing become clearer. A great work from my perspective.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Quite wonderful

    This book inspires me when I'm trying to write but I'm stuck. It teaches the nittie-gritties like grammer and how to use quotations yet it also talks about thinking critically and how to write with style.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)