Synopses & Reviews
Kessler and McDonald's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE is praised by students for its straightforward and clear-almost conversational-presentation of grammar. This versatile grammar and usage handbook will work for you as a beginning student and as you continue as a media writer. It provides concise, clear explanations and examples, as well as quick and accurate answers to grammar or usage questions. The unique 'from writer to writer' perspective guides you through the writing process.
"I believe it is the best grammar book out there, period. It is accessible in that it explains in an easy, understandable way concepts that can oftentimes be difficult to understand. It is neither condescending nor arrogant in its approach. The book is useful to the novice as well as the experienced writer, which is unusual... When Words Collide is the most important instrument in any writer's toolbox. It complements other writing books but is also essential as a stand-alone stylebook on writing and grammar."
"The first strength is its length/size. It's small enough that it doesn't seem to be a problem to carry around as a handy reference. The second is its clarity. It's written simply and to the point, and clearly demonstrates the principles its teaching. Last, it clearly has an advantage over many other writing books in that it's designed for media writers. "
About the Author
Lauren Kessler is the author of ten books, including Los Angeles Times best-seller and Oregon Book Award finalist The Happy Bottom Riding Club (Random House 2000), the biography of one of the most colorful women of the 20th century: pioneering aviatrix, Hollywood stunt pilot and bordello madame Pancho Barnes. Her other books include a season-in-the-life narrative about women's sports, Full Court Press (Dutton 1997); Stubborn Twig (Random House1994), which won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for literary nonfiction; and After All These Years (Thunder's Mouth Press 1990), portraits of 60s radicals critics praised as "vital and revealing." Her books have been translated into Italian, Japanese and Chinese. Kessler's essays have appeared in Salon, The Nation and Oregon Quarterly. She writes regularly about the craft of writing for Writer's Digest and has published articles in a variety of magazines. The founder and editor of Etude, an online magazine devoted to new and emerging voices in literary nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the Medill school of Journalism, Northwestern University.Duncan McDonald is currently serving at the University of Oregon as Vice President for Public Affairs and Development. He is a past winner of the University's prestigious Ersted Award for excellence in teaching, and has co-authored four well-known textbooks grammar, media writing, information gathering and graphics. He is an active freelance photographer, and his work is frequently published and exhibited. He has had experience as a newspaper photographer, reporter, editor and publisher. From 1992 to 1994, McDonald was chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. In addition to his work on skills texts, McDonald investigates how writing is taught and how we acquire and use language. The implications of electronic and digital manipulations of photographs are also among his research interests.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Hey. 2. gmr: CWOT? 3. Ten Little Secrets, Ten Big Mistakes. 4. The Sentence. 5. Power and Precision: It Begins with the Verb. 6. The Rest of the Crew. 7. Are We in Agreement? 8. Punctuation: Graceful Movements, Confident Stops. 9. Clarity and Conciseness. 10. Style. 11. Appropriate and Sensitive Language. PART II: TOPICAL GUIDE TO GRAMMAR AND WORD USE. Appendix A: Spelling. Appendix B: Homonyms, Homophones, Spell-Checks, Oh My! Appendix C: Irregular (Make That Troublesome) Verb Forms.