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The writer's practice : building confidence in your nonfiction writing / John Warner.

Warner, John, 1970- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 808.02 WAR (Text) 33500013005210 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 808.02 WAR (Text) 33500013005228 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780143133155
  • ISBN: 0143133152
  • Physical Description: xiii, 242 pages; 18 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Penguin Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Getting started -- Before we begin -- Writing experiences -- Questions about this book -- Who are you? (as a writer) -- How do I . . . ? (instructions) -- The writing process -- Should I . . . ? (review) -- Reading like a writer -- Who are they? (profiling) -- Making inferences from observations -- Where did you go? (sense memory) -- Bringing the world to the page -- You did what? (adventure report) -- Is it true? Did it really happen? (experience vs. memory) -- What's the right thing to do? (ethical dilemma) -- Titles -- If it isn't true, why do people believe it? (conspiracy theory analysis) -- Who are we? (rhetorical analysis of a commercial) -- Writing is thinking -- What's so funny? (rhetorical analysis of a work of humor) -- What's going to happen? (playing the pundit) -- Why proofreading is so difficult -- What if . . . ? (alternate history) -- Procrastination -- How's it all going to end? (judging the apocalypse) -- What do they mean? (argument summary and response) -- Huh? Say what? (research translation) -- The perils of "objectivity" -- Why should I trust this? (understanding sources) -- Hey, whaddaya know? (trivia questions and annotated bibliography) -- Is a hot dog a sandwich? (impossible argument) -- Using sources -- You've got to do this! (passion argument) -- Why am I so angry and what can I do about it? (problem/solution argument) -- Version 1: school edition -- Version 2: life edition -- Failure -- What do you want to say? (finding your own argument) -- May I . . . ? (proposal) -- Make me laugh (jokes) -- Collaboration -- Are you trying to make me angry? (conflict letter) -- How can I help you help me? (solution letter) -- If I knew then what i know now (advice to your former self) -- Feedback -- What should I do? (advice to someone else) -- No, seriously, make me laugh (short imagined monologue) -- Who is this stranger? (profile) -- Who is this special person? (tribute) -- The right word vs. the almost right word (thinking about sentences) -- Who are you now? (as a writer).
Summary, etc.: "For anyone aiming to improve their skill as a writer, a new approach to establishing robust writing practices inside and outside the classroom. After a decade of teaching writing using the same methods he'd experienced as a student many years before, writer, editor, and educator John Warner realized he could do better. Drawing on his classroom experience and the most persuasive research in contemporary composition studies, he devised an innovative new framework: a step-by-step method that moves the student through a series of writing problems, an organic, bottom-up writing process that exposes and acculturates them to the ways writers work in the world. The time is right for this new and groundbreaking approach. The most popular books on composition take a formalistic view, utilizing "templates" in order to mimic the sorts of rhetorical moves academics make. While this is a valuable element of a writing education, there is room for something that speaks more broadly. The Writer's Practice invites students and novice writers into an intellectually engaging, active learning process that prepares them for a wider range of academic and real-world writing and allows them to become invested and engaged in their own work."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1
    In this uber-handy guide, veteran rhetorician Warner invites readers to sharpen their written communication skills. Writing is a practice, Warner explains, just like any other discipline, and involves a lot more than just putting pen to paper (or the twenty-first-century equivalent). Individuals and teachers alike will find this a useful tool for improving basic skills of nonfiction writing. Warner outlines how to build a persuasive argument, how to craft a proposal, how to analyze an academic work or work of art, how to look for credible sources, even how to write a simple joke. Each of the skill sections comes with many activities (practices) to sharpen readers' understanding of the approach. Reading this is a bit like nostalgically sitting in a college-level composition class, abandoning high-school writing expectations in favor of a more mature style. The guide is well-organized and extremely readable, infused with the perfect amount of Warner's personality and experiences. Unique and thorough, Warner's handbook could turn any determined reader into a regular Malcolm Gladwell. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

John Warner has more than twenty years’ experience teaching college-level writing, working with a range of students on developmental writing through graduate-level studies. He has taught many different types of writing, from composition, fiction, and narrative nonfiction to technical and humor writing. A contributing writer at Inside Higher Ed, he has become a national voice on writing pedagogy and writes a weekly column on books and reading for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of five books. An editor-at-large at McSweeney’s, he has worked with writers who have gone on to publish in outlets including the New York TimesThe New Yorker, and the Guardian.

Subject: Creative nonfiction > Authorship.
REFERENCE / Writing Skills.
Genre: Nonfiction.

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