Act of Writing by Ronald ConradAct of Writing by Ronald Conrad

Act of Writing

byRonald Conrad

Paperback | January 11, 2006

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The Act of Writing is a classic Canadian text that is known for its ability to interest students and generate discussion. This text offers flexibility and encourages individualization. The combination of three to nine essays per chapter, with more identified in cross-references, yields ample choice and flexibility. Instructors can individualize their classes by choosing readings that best suit the needs and interests of their particular class. This book also offers a range of difficulty, from essays that are easily accessible to almost all students to others that are extremely challenging.

Title:Act of WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:January 11, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0070952272

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Act of Writing

Note: new writers are underlined and female writers are in italics

Chapter 1: Narration


Coming of Age in Putnok/Gabori

My Other Self/Fraser

Growing up Native/Geddes

Chapter 2: Example

Ten Things the Chinese Do Much Better Than We Do/Wong

The Fabulous Poodles, Etc.: Naming Your Band/Bidini

The Importance of Email Punctuation/Nestruck

Busy, Busy, Busy/Wente

Outharbor Menu/Guy

Goodbye Muse, Hello Prada/Simic

Chapter 3: Description

August 4/Connelly

Suitcase Lady/C. McLaren

In the Trenches/Harrison


Chapter 4: Cause and Effect

Avoiding the Big C: A Little Simple Advice/Pearson

The Step Not Taken/D'Angelo

Canadian Guys Rule/L. McLaren

Hidden Lessons/Suzuki

My Body Is My Own Business/N. Mustafa

Killing Machines/McQuaig

The Seven-Minute Life of Marc Lépine/Petrowski

The Year I Learned to Love a German/Richler

Chapter 5: Comparison and Contrast

The 51-Per-Cent Minority/Anderson

Measuring the New Prosperity/Layton

An Offering from the Dead/Coffey


The Bond of Nightmares/R. Mustafa

This Boat is My Boat/Taylor

Remarks of Security of Person and Property in Canada/Traill

Black + White = Black/Hill

Chapter 6: Analogy and Related Devices

The Trail-Hiker's Guide to the Workplace/Magahay

It's Not Just the Weather That's Cooler in Canada/Bennett

Modern Cannibals of the Wild/Johnson

The Family House/Leclerc

Chapter 7: Classification

Pulling Together/Lam

Theatre/Ferguson, Ian and Will

Your New Job, Your New Life/Pitts

Chapter 8: Process Analysis

Yes, It Is Brain Surgery/Bernstein

Hockey Etiquette for the Beginner/Koehl

I Sing the Song of My Condo/Lau

How to Live to Be 200/Leacock

Chapter 9: Argumentation and Persuasion

Capping the Great Cup Debate/Hocking

The Scar/Dobbs

Grinning and Happy/Kogawa

Letter to America/Atwood

Local Foreign Policy/Klein

Thanks for Not Killing My Son/Schindler


Life with Cerebral Palsy/Christy

Cri de coeur (A Cry from the Heart)/Dallaire