Better Writing: Beyond Periods and Commas

Better Writing: Beyond Periods and Commas

by Travis J. Koll

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Using casual language and a straightforward approach, Better Writing: Beyond Periods and Commas provides students with an easy-to-read and effective guide for developing their writing skills. Rather than intimidate and overwhelm novice writers with vast sets of rules, Travis Koll utilizes simple and relatable explanations and examples to demystify the writing process. Armed with this better understanding, one that reaches far beyond the mere mechanics of punctuation and grammar, students can begin to recognize the true nature and significance of writing, its potential impact on their readers, and the importance of their voices in their communities and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610485890
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 05/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 126
File size: 366 KB

About the Author

T.J. Koll is an author and college writing instructor originally from California’s San Joaquin Valley. When not grading papers or penning books, he can usually be found spending time with his lovely wife or chasing after his spirited two-year-old son.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Introduction: The Teacher’s Perspective
Chapter 1: About Those Commas and Periods
Chapter 2: Development: Writing Beyond the Facts
Chapter 3: Internet Research
Chapter 4: Computers and Composition
Chapter 5: The Writing Process
Chapter 6: Thesaurus Nightmares
Chapter 7: Introduction and Conclusions
Chapter 8: That Elusive “Flow”
Chapter 9: Argumentative Writing
Conclusion: Why Writing Matters

What People are Saying About This

Laura Tussey

Travis Koll’s Better Writing presents a light-hearted, straight-talking, and culturally relevant approach to the standard fare. It is English instruction as students wish it could be—candid, entertaining, and demystified. Koll’s book is an absolute must for the college classroom.

Andrea 'steen-Chinn

Better Writinghelps unpack academic discourse for students.Koll gives voice to the challenges students face in the university and helps students avoid common errors (such as thesaurus-abuse and poor source usage) by providing them with a clear path to success in a style that is accessible.A must-read for those entering academia.

Kevin Coots

The tone of T.J. Koll’s Better Writing is warm and engaging, the voice of the kind and nurturing writing instructor that we all wish we had had and that we all aspire to be.Relentlessly pragmatic, Koll focuses on the nuts and bolts of the writing process, all the while making clear that improvement lies within the reach of all who care enough to work hard at it.The book comes across as the work of a practitioner, someone who writes as well as teaches, [and] someone who invites us to join him in practicing the craft of writing.

Nigel Medhurst

Better Writing is an engaging book, written in a conversational and respectful way.There is no condescension. It is a matter-of-fact manual that helps students understand the complexity of college writing.

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