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Let's Get Writing!

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Elizabeth Browning

Kirsten DeVries

Kathy Boylan

Jenifer Kurtz

Katelyn Burton

Pub Date: 2018

Publisher: Virginia Western Community College

Language: English

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Reviewed by Patrick Gilligan, Associate Professor, Aims Community College on 7/31/19

While this textbook addresses all the main areas and ideas surrounding an entry-level composition course, I find the different sections to be uneven. For example, Chapter One: Critical Reading, contains a lengthy section on annotation, yet only... read more


Reviewed by Roberto Forns-Broggi, Professor of Spanish, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 7/17/19

This book attempts to cover basically key rhetorical aspects of writing and basic tools as a start point. Each chapter covers a key component in a way that includes basic notions, tips, key takeaways, exercises, assignments, and useful external... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Critical Reading
  • Chapter 2 - Rhetorical Analysis
  • Chapter 3 - Argument
  • Chapter 4 - The Writing Process
  • Chapter 5 - Rhetorical Modes
  • Chapter 6 - Finding and Using Outside Sources
  • Chapter 7 - How and Why to Cite
  • Chapter 8 - Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence?
  • Chapter 9 - Punctuation
  • Chapter 10 - Working With Words: Which Word is Right?

About the Book

This introduction is designed to exemplify how writers think about and produce text. The guiding features are the following:

  • Every good piece of writing is an argument.
  • Everything worth writing and reading begins with a specific question.
  • Improving skills takes practice, feedback, and re-thinking, redoing, revising.

The layout of our book implies there is a beginning, middle, and end to a writing course, but because writing is both an art and a skill, people will find their own processes for learning, improving, and using these skills. Writing processes differ because we are each looking for a workable schemata that fits our way of thinking. Try out a variety of writing processes and strategies, and find what works for you. If you are not uncomfortable on this journey, you simply are not stretching yet. Learning is prickly, awkward, and risky, so if it does not feel a bit unnerving, push harder and farther.

About the Contributors


Elizabeth Browning

Kirsten DeVries

Kathy Boylan

Jenifer Kurtz

Katelyn Burton