Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing by Duncan KoerberClear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing by Duncan Koerber

Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing

byDuncan Koerber, Guy Allen

Paperback | October 6, 2014

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Clear, Precise, Direct provides a concise set of strategies to help students improve their writing skills at the sentence level with a focus on application and revision. Students will learn the key principles of clear, effective writing and practice applying them to their own work through aseries of lessons, exercises, and peer writing samples.
Duncan Koerber teaches in the Professional Writing Program at York University. He is the founder of, a bibliographic database for the growing academic field of media history in Canada. Guy Allen is the program coordinator for the Professional Writing and Communication Program at the University of Toronto. He has won th...
Title:Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:October 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199006407

ISBN - 13:9780199006403

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This textbook is the perfect Writing Companion I bought this book as soon as it came out as reference for my University Course, which is being taught by the author, Duncan Koerber, at York University. For thus mentioned course, this book serves as its perfect companion. I also reference this book often for all of my other writing queries. I highly recommend this book for any writing student or any aspiring writer. The author does not use superfluous language; therefore, making it accessible to all readers. The tools explained are explained in a way timelessly important for the novice and expert writers alike. The writing examples used are relevant, interesting, and inspiring. Also, the exercises are of absolute benefit and the perfect practices for the lessons. GET IT. NOW!
Date published: 2014-12-08

Table of Contents

From the PublisherPrefaceAcknowledgements1. Write Now: Start, Develop, ReviseWhere to StartExamples of FreewritingTwo Composition ApproachesBeginning with Storytelling- "The Stovepipe Hole" by Elizabeth Clark- "Cell Phone" by Peter PalladiniAcademic WritingRevisionTypes of EditingHow and Where to EditChapter SummaryFurther Readings2. EconomyThe Morality of WordinessForms of WordinessEditing Wordiness in Academic WritingPeer Models for Emulation- "My Mom and Bramalea" by Julie Michelangelo- "The Pet Owner's Burden" by Emilia Di LucaChapter SummaryFurther Readings3. Strong VerbsConcrete VerbsLess-than-Concrete VerbsAbstract VerbsThe Greater Consequences of Dead VerbsAcademic Writing and Strong VerbsFinal ThoughtsPeer Models for Emulation- "Going to Chinese School" by Jennifer Lee- "Stealing Spirituality: The Non-Native Use of Native American Spirit Guides" by Graeme ScallionChapter SummaryFurther Readings4. Active VoiceWord OrderActive VoicePassive VoiceThe Morality of Passive VoiceThe Permanence of Passive in Various FieldsIs it Ever Okay to Use Passive?Academic Writing and Active VoiceFinal Thoughts on Active and PassivePeer Models for Emulation- "Jafar Uncle's Chocolates" by Nabila Rizvi- "A Flourishing of Humans" by Sara MenuckChapter SummaryFurther Readings5. Strong NounsThe Problem of PronounsExamples of Unclear PronounsPronouns and RepetitionThe Morality of Unclear PronounsInclusive PronounsSubject-Verb AgreementAdjective-Pronoun AgreementAcademic Writing, Strong Nouns, and Vague PronounsFinal Thoughts on Nouns and PronounsPeer Models for Emulation- "Two Weeks at Notre Dame Hospital" by Eric Ramadi- "Tobacco Cigarettes as a Cause of Urinary Bladder Cancer" by Elizabeth DanceyChapter SummaryFurther Readings6. Original LanguageExamples of ClichesWhy Would Any Writer Use Cliches?Is it Ever Okay to Use a Cliche?Original PhrasingFresh Figurative LanguageAcademic Writing and Original LanguageFinal Thoughts on Figurative Language and OriginalityPeer Models for Examination- "Christine" by Adam Giles- "Financial Hardship among Former Professional Athletes and Its Contributing Factors" by Taylor LushChapter SummaryFurther Readings7. ParallelismThe Grammar Behind ParallelismSurface and Under-the-Surface ParallelismSingle-Element Parallelism: Part ISingle-Element Parallelism: Part IIMultiple-Element ParallelismAcademic Writing and ParallelismInterview-based ArticlesDoing the InterviewThe Questioner and the ListenerWriting InterviewsPeer Models for Emulation- "Two Hard Years" by Joyce Ong- "Solace in Obsolescence: Vinyl in the Age of Free Music" by Nicole BrewerChapter SummaryFurther Readings8. Sentence Variation and SoundSentence PatternsShort SentencesLong SentencesVariation of Long and Short for EffectAcademic Writing and Sentence VariationSoundPersonal EssaysThe Power of the Personal EssayWriter as Cultural ObserverWriter as ActivistPersonal Essays and the TruthThree Rhetorical ElementsPeer Model Writing for Emulation- "I Wear My Too-black Skin with Pride" by Petura Burrows- "Saints and Monsters: The Psychology of Altruism and Malice" by Nick ZabaraChapter SummaryFurther ReadingsAppendix: Research and CitationsGlossaryCreditsWorks CitedIndex

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"I find this text to be applicable to both expository and creative writing classes, and it's great that the text can bridge these different aspects of writing instruction. . . . This text is in many ways new in its approach, and I think its innovative nature is most welcome in the world oftextbooks." --Christopher Lee, Western University