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Better Writing: Beyond Periods and Commas [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 1610485890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610485890
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Resource for Any Writer July 12, 2012
By Dave
Format:Paperback
Travis Koll's "Better Writing: Beyond Periods and Commas" comes at a time when many in academia, teachers and students alike, are discussing the often exorbitant price for textbooks. Koll combats this situation by offering a slim text for a reasonable price, both of which are factors that enhance this text's viability as a text for adoption in any composition class, particularly beginning composition courses, and this was part of Koll's point in writing the book--he wanted to offer a book that was inexpensive, easy to read, and to the point. Ultimately, Better Writing is easily accessible and rife with pertinent information that will provide excellent direction for any beginning writer.

Koll writes: "The intention behind this book is a simple one: provide students and the general public with a straightforward and unpretentious guide to better writing. To that end, Better writing: Beyond Periods and Commas encourages novice writers to adopt a holistic and creative approach to composition rather than obsessing about rules and templates and lists of dos and don'ts. This theme of providing a straightforward approach to writing is sustained throughout, as the book is written in everyday language and adopts the second person voice in its attempts to be directly relatable to the reader by addressing him or her throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read and Useful for All October 4, 2012
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I purchased Professor Koll's Better Writing at the beginning of the summer because I am a college writing instructor, and that is what we teachers do over breaks. I was delighted to find several ideas that I could apply to my lessons this fall. One I used as my opening essay assignment and had better results than from any other first papers. However, this book is not written only with writing instructors in mind. In fact, anyone who writes for pleasure or work will find Professor Koll's book accessible and informative. He populates the lessons with clear examples and realistic situations, something that is welcome, and rare, in such books.
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