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ERIC Number: ED461883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 270
Abstractor: N/A
The Writer's Workout Book: 113 Stretches toward Better Prose.
Peterson, Art
This book presents 113 writing "workouts" (exercises) to help students, and especially teachers, think about the small steps writers take as they learn their craft. The workouts in Part I, Writers Speak Up, are intended to help novice writers develop confidence in the value of their experience. Part II, Writers Pay Attention, presents challenges to sharpen observation skills. The workouts in Part III, Writers Think Fast, promote the power of logical argument. The workouts in Part IV, Writers Consider Other People, present ways for writers to connect with an audience. The workouts in Part V, Writers Create Choices, explore the rhetorical choices available to writers. The workouts in Part VI, Writers Love Words, explore the pleasures and possibilities of words. The workouts in Part VII, Writers Keep Trying, help make the difficult work of revision, if not fun, at least intellectually diverting. The book also includes 39 brief essays (spread throughout the book) that reflect with humor, irony, and wisdom on the author's 30 years as a public school teacher of writing. (RS)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A