Academic Writer's Toolkit A User's Manual

ISBN-10: 159874139X

ISBN-13: 9781598741391

Edition: 2008

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Berger_s slim, user-friendly volume on academic writing is a gift to linguistically-stressed academics. Author of 60 published books, the author speaks to junior scholars and graduate students about the process and products of academic writing. He differentiates between business writing skills for memos, proposals, and reports, and the scholarly writing that occurs in journals and books. He has suggestions for getting the _turgid_ out of turgid academic prose and offers suggestions on how to best structure various forms of documents for effective communication. Written in Berger_s friendly, personal style, he shows by example that academics can write good, readable prose in a variety of genres.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Arthur Asa Berger is professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mission Impossible?
Not an Impossible Task
On the Power of Language: Jan Morris on India
Learning from Narratives
The Importance of Humor: A Zen Writing Book
Has Everything I've Written Really Been Fiction?
Writing Myself into Existence
The Writing Process
The Academic Writer's Toolkit
Defining Academic Writing
Two Examples of Academic Writing
What Communication Theory Can Teach Us about Writing
On Audience
Writing for Your Readers and Yourself
Talk Is Cheap
The Writing Process: Ideas and Research
The Writer's Need for Confidence
The Writer's Need for Ideas
The Value of Keeping a Journal
On the Usefulness of Journals: A Case History
The Importance of Research
The Writing Process: Outlining, Drafting, and Revising
The Art of the Outline
Writing a First Draft
Revise Your First Drafts on Hard Copy (Printouts)
The Art of the Revision
On Structure and Style
Le Mot Juste (The Exact Word)
The Thesis Statement
The Structure and Function of Paragraphs
Using Transitions
Using Subheads
There Are Many Different Styles You Can Use
Making Your Writing More Accessible
Developing Your Personal Voice
Composing Strategies
Clarifying Ideas
Presenting Information
Using Language Creatively-but Not Deceptively
Generes of Academic Writing
Writing Effective Memos
Defining Memos
A Sample Memo
Typical Subjects for Memos
Cautions for Memo Writers
The Art of the Academic Letter
Defining Letters
The Basic Components of Letters
Letter Formats
Common Kinds of Academic Letters
Readable Reports
Defining Reports
Elements Found in Reports
Writing Reports
A Sample Report
Final Thoughts on Writing Reports
Proposals That Persuade
Elements in a Proposal
A Sample Proposal
The Art of Persuasive Writing
Basic Techniques of Persuasion
Overcoming Resistance in Reluctant Decision Makers
Writing a Journal Article
Writing for Scholarly Journals
Planning and Writing Your Article
Samples from an Article
Formatting Your Article
Submitting (and Resubmitting) Your Work
Reviewing Books for Journals
Writing for Nonacademic Publications
Writing an Academic Book
Deciding Which Kind of Book to Write
Write the Book before the Query!
Writing Queries That Will Interest Editors
Writing a Convincing Book Proposal
A Sample from a Book Proposal
Formatting Your Manuscript
Handling Rejection without Depression
The Production Process
Making an Index
Print-on-Demand Publishing
Notes on Other Writing Genres
A Primer on E-mailed Messages
Cautionary Notes about E-mail Messages
Faxes
Conference Papers
Theses and Dissertations
The Writer's Life
Coda
Publishing as a Form of Personal Validation
Writing as an Act of Discovery
The Pleasure of the Text
Writing as Conversation
Further Resources
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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