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Gwynne's Grammar
The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English

N. M. Gwynne


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
On Sale: 09/02/2014
Price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf
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... Read more >

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Several Short Sentences About Writing

Verlyn Klinkenborg


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 04/09/2013
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Vintage
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... Read more >

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Spunk & Bite
A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style

Arthur Plotnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 05/08/2007
Price: $13.95
Publisher: Random House Reference
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... Read more >

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Thank You For Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition
What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Jay Heinrichs


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
On Sale: 08/06/2013
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 978-0-385-34775-4

Sharp, erudite, and informative, Thank You for Arguing is your student’s master class in the art of persuasion. Editor, magazine writer, and executive Jay Heinrichs not only teaches students how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus, but also how to use practical and convincing arguments. The expanded and revised editions includes... Read more >

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The Modern Library Writer's Workshop
A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

Stephen Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 04/01/2003
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Modern Library
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... Read more >

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The Pen Commandments

Steven Frank


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: 09/14/2004
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3229-7

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:... Read more >

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The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop
Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing

Danell Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
On Sale: 11/25/2008
Price: $14.00
Publisher: Bantam
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.... Read more >

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Writing Begins with the Breath
Embodying Your Authentic Voice

Laraine Herring


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: 09/11/2007
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Shambhala
ISBN: 978-1-59030-473-0

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... Read more >