Synopses & Reviews
WHEN WORDS COLLIDE is the most versatile grammar and usage handbook for beginning and continuing media writers. The book is praised by readers for its straightforward, clear treatment of grammar, offered in a lighthearted, almost conversational tone. As a handbook, it serves as a reference tool for writers throughout their writing careers. It provides concise and clear explanations and examples, or a quick and accurate answer to a grammar or usage question. The unique 'from writer to writer' perspective engages writers and guides them firsthand through the writing process.
"Specific examples help the novice or less mature writer quickly see how the errors can be corrected. The section on parallel Structure is particularly important because students tend to overlook these errors."
"I really like the clarity and directness of the writing style. In fact, style is one of the book's main strengths. The examples are clear, succinct and extremely helpful."
"College students will find the casual writing style a refreshing change from many of their other textbooks. The conversational tone and frequent use of analogies turns a boring subject into an interesting narrative."
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. Part One: UNDERSTANDING GRAMMAR AND STYLE. 1. Ten Secrets to Writing Well. 2. What You Don't Know Will Hurt You. 3. Parts of Speech, Part 1: The Power of the Verb. 4. Parts of Speech, Part 2: The Supporting cast. 5. The Sentence. 6. Agreement-Rules, Exceptions and Common Sense. 7. Case: It's All About Relationships. 8. Passive Voice. 9. Punctuation: Graceful Mechanics. 10. Spelling. 11. Clarity, Conciseness, Coherence. 12. Style. 13. Sense and Sensitivity. Part Two: TOPICAL GUIDE TO GRAMMAR AND WORD USE. Index.