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Writing Communities is an exciting new text and reader that connects students to neighborhoods and writing courses to communities. Part One introduces students to academic reading and writing skills and prompts them to examine how their communities influence their writing. Part Two then shows students how their academic reading and writing skills can serve as a bridge into working—and producin... read more
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Literature: The Human Experience is based on a simple premise: All students can and will connect with literature if the works they read are engaging, exciting, and relevant. Accordingly, every edition of this classroom favorite has featured a broad range of enticing stories, poems, plays, and essays that explore timeless, ever-resonant themes: innocence and experience, conformity and rebellion... read more
The Business Writer's Companion is the best guide to the business writing essentials that help students land, navigate, and stand out on the job. Affordable and concise, it’s a comprehensive reference that covers the writing process and features more than 60 real-world sample documents. The seventh edition retains the book's intuitive, easy-to-use organization while adding new coverage of soci... read more
The new edition of this comprehensive volume includes thirty-one professional readings that offer a balance of historical, theoretical, and practical scholarship for developmental writing instructors. Chapters in the book have been organized into four main categories that explore major issues in basic writing, including Perspectives from the Field, Literacy and Literacies, Engaging Difference,... read more
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THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook helps both resident and international students understand coll... read more
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Expert editor, copy-editor and editorial consultant specialising in poetry, essays and anthologies, both classical and contemporary.
Scholarly and nonfiction editor with nearly a decade of experience in digital and print publishing. Reader advocate and prose polisher.