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Writing in the Works, 2009 MLA Update Edition [Paperback]

Susan Blau , Kathryn Burak
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June 19, 2009 049580200X 978-0495802006 2
WRITING IN THE WORKS (WITW) uses a real-world writing approach to intrigue and inspire users of all ages and backgrounds--showing you how to produce well-written pieces that people will want to read. The book's 11 Assignment chapters cover real-world genres such as application essays, news articles, editorials, proposals, public service messages, and film reviews. WITW is motivating and sophisticated, with dynamic visuals, timely readings, and obvious relevance and connection to the real world. Throughout, the authors don't treat you as a learner, but as a serious writer who is capable of writing for an actual audience. In all of the book's writing tasks, you are asked to write as if your work will be submitted for publication--or to actually to do so. With this as the end result, you learn genre conventions, audience, purpose, research, critical thinking, and style--skills directly transferable to all kinds of writing, including writing you may do for work and community.

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Susan Blau is a professor and director of the Undergraduate Writing program and the Writing Center at Boston University's College of Communication. She received her BS in Education from the University of Vermont and her MA in English from the University of Connecticut and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Her background is in linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and American Literature. She has taught writing in both English and Communication Departments and has published articles, conducted workshops, and presented papers at national conferences on the topics of teaching writing, writing across the curriculum, and writing center research and practice. Blau has served as the book review editor for the Association for Expanded Perspectives in Learning for the past three years.

Kathryn Burak has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in English from Kutztown University. Kate has taught writing at North Carolina State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Boston University. Her poetry and fiction have been published in such journals and magazines as FICTION, MISSOURI REVIEW, WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, GETTYSBURG REVIEW, and SEVENTEEN.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (June 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 049580200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495802006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to go... September 20, 2010
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I was satisfied with the product, the condition of it, and the speed of delivery. It was expensive, but significantly less than the college bookstore. What are you gonna do? The cost for college books is a very profittable venture for those who exploit the students' needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing Textbook November 27, 2013
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Great price for a book that was just needed for 8 weeks. Now, it's on my shelf collecting dust. I can't resell it, it looses the value the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book July 17, 2013
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This is a good book, very helpful for new writers. Personally, I'm a pretty good writer, so it didn't do much for me, but it definitely helped sharpen my skills. I bought this book for English Composition 1, which I made an A in.

I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like new!!! November 13, 2012
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I was blown away when I received my book.. There was no writing in it, no highlighter marking.,Nothing... This book was brand new..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 17, 2011
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I got this book for class, English 111, and so far it has been a good help. There were some very good writing examples just in the first chapter that actually kind of kept me hooked to reading. Sometimes you find yourself reading some of these books for class and they make you want to fall asleep, this one actually keeps your attention focused and I have been learning quite a bit from it.
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