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On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

by William Zinsser

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $16.99

On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

by William Zinsser

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Format:

Price: $16.99

About the Book

On Writing Well, a classic guide to writing nonfiction, has been praised by educators and students for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. Whether students need to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about themselves, On Writing Well offers students fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher.

The 30th anniversary edition contains three new chapters and many new passages that place new emphasis on the writer’s voice and on issues such as intention, character, and making decisions.

While still covering all of the basics, Zinsser includes a new chapter entitled “Enjoyment, Fear, and Confidence,” which urges to convey zest for what they are writing about and to overcome their anxieties by trusting their natural intelligence. Another chapter, “The Tyranny of the Final Product,” advises students not to visualize their completed articles but to focus on the decisions of selection, organization, and tone that will ultimately lead them to their final draft.

Critical Praise

On Writing Well belongs on any shelf of serious reference works for writers.” - New York Times

“Not since The Elements of Style has there been a guide to writing as well presented and readable as this one. A love and respect for the language is evident on every page.” - Library Journal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060891541
  • ISBN 10: 0060891548
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/05/2016
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.757 in (d)
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Style Manuals
  • BISAC2 : REFERENCE / Personal & Practical Guides
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Writing