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THE ULTIMATE INTRODUCTION TO GRAMMAR AND THE WRITING OF GOOD ENGLISH
Written by N.M. GWYNNE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35293-2

Anxious about apostrophes? In a pickle over your pronouns and prepositions?

Fear not—Mr. Gwynne is here with his wonderfully concise and highly enjoyable book of grammar.

Within these pages, adults and children alike will find all they need to rediscover this lost science and sharpen up their skills.

Mr. Gwynne believes that happiness depends at least partly on good grammar—and Mr. Gwynne is never wrong.


“Witty, engaging and highly educational stuff.” —Times Educational Supplement

“A very useful,...

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Written by VERLYN KLINKENBORG

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27941-5

An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only wrong but an obstacle to our ability to write. In Several Short Sentences About Writing, he sets out to help us unlearn that “wisdom”—about genius, about creativity, about writer’s...

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SEVEN LESSONS TO INSPIRE GREAT WRITING
Written by DANELL JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 11/25/2008

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-38492-5

Author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing. Using Virginia Woolf’s own words, this inspiring, instructive, and entertaining guide will delight students, and teachers alike—and at last give Woolf a classroom of her own.

Also included are “writing sparks”—exercises for writers of all levels—inspired by Woolf’s best-known works, plus the original sources of all of Woolf’s quotes...

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EMBODYING YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE
Written by LARAINE HERRING

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 09/11/2007

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30473-0

Laraine Herring’s distinctive new approach to the writing craft provides a welcome jump-start for new writers—and will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before—while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. Her secret is to move the focus of the writing process out of the mind and into the body—particularly the breath—to give writers access to that place in themselves where body, mind, and spirit are one....

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A WRITER'S GUIDE TO BOLD, CONTEMPORARY STYLE
Written by ARTHUR PLOTNIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Reference

On Sale: 05/08/2007

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 978-0-375-72227-1

When too tightly leashed, writing chokes and loses its vitality. Although the rules of composition popularized in William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s Elements of Style have been de rigueur for decades, they won’t exactly set your writing free.

To the rescue comes Spunk & Bite, a guide to bold and radiant language and style. The secret, according to bestselling author and former publishing executive Arthur Plotnik, is to embrace those qualities that composition rulebooks sidestep–among them,...

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A GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNING WRITER
Written by STEVEN FRANK

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/14/2004

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-03229-7

Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader, Thou Shalt Not Waste Words, Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences—these are three of the “pen” commandments through which, with humor and an engaging sense of purpose, Steven Frank inspires his readers not just to write but to write well.

Thou Shalt Take Pleasure in Thy Pen: As Frank watches a group of students huddle around a boy who is gleefully explaining a mysterious scar, an infallible writing topic emerges—describe the grossest thing that’s ever happened to you....

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A GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION
Written by STEPHEN KOCH

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 04/01/2003

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-75558-3

Compiling wisdom and advice from such masters of the craft as Henry James, E. M. Forster, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison, this guide to fiction writing provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers, covering such topics as: Beginnings; The Writing Life; Shaping the Story; Making Characters Live; Inventing Your Style; The Story of the Self; Working and Reworking; Finishing. Stephen Koch taught the craft of fiction to graduate students for 21 years in the writing...

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