The Curious Writer 5e
Instructors who want to organize their writing courses on inquiry learning turn to The Curious Writer, a best-selling book that makes discovery the aim of every writing assignment. Curious Writer first introduces students to the methods of reasoning behind inquiry-based assignments and then applies these intellectual practices to genres like the profile, the proposal, the argument, and the research paper. The fifth edition continues The Curious Writer's tradition of innovation with a new chapter on "Re-Genre," an exciting approach to revision that transforms a written essay into a multimedia project. A chapter on analytical writing introduces new approaches to interpreting not just literary texts but ads, images, and films. And a revised chapter on argumentative writing focuses on three types of arguments: causal, factual, and definitional. As always, The Curious Writer retains is distinctly personal voice, a quality that sets it apart from all other textbooks.
The Curious Researcher 9e (New edition!)
The 9th edition of The Curious Researcher is organized around the idea that the purpose of research is discovery, and that inquiry into any subject begins with questions not answers. Unlike other student guides to the research paper, Curious Researcher emphasizes the research essay rather than the traditional research paper. The essay is a form that is more likely to introduce students to the intellectual practices that are behind academic inquiry.
Features of the new edition:
Features of the new edition:
- Updated MLA guidelines
- New content on approaching sources rhetorically
- Suggestions on presenting research in alternative genres
- Using narrative logic to drive research writing
Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction
Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction (2010) is the first book of its kind to use excerpts from landmark works in the genre to encourage the close study of craft. Featuring excerpts in memoir, literary journalism, and essay, Crafting Truth examines the choices the best creative nonfiction writers make on how to tell a true story. What are the elements of an effective scene? How can a story be narrated? What are the ethics of getting it “right?” But the book is more than a guide to analyzing craft. It also encourages writers to practice the techniques they read about. Every selection includes prompts and exercises that inspire novice and experienced writers to put their knowledge to work in their own creative nonfiction.
The Curious Reader 2e
The Curious Reader, co-authored with Michelle Payne, applies inquiry methods to reading-to-write. The book shows the wide range of research-based writing, from personal essays to academic articles, and challenges students to reconsider their assumptions about writing “research papers.” The final section focuses on the ethics of publishing disturbing photographs, encouraging students to apply inquiry-based reading strategies to the topic using an interdisciplinary approach.
Discovering the Writer Within
First published in 1989, Discovering the Writer Within: The 40-day Writer's Workshop, co-authored with Barry Lane, continues to attract aspiring writers who are interested in discovering new ways to generate material for stories and essays. The book takes users on a 40-day journey of journal exercises that inspire writers to explore themselves and play with fresh ways of seeing.
Beyond Note Cards: Rethinking the Freshman Research Paper
Why is the research paper such a troubling assignment for teachers and students? For over a hundred years, instructors have been assigning the research paper, and since the beginning they have been complaining about the results. Beyond Note Cards looks to the history of the assignment for one explanation of why the research paper seems to often produce uninspired, formulaic, and superficial writing. The book argues for a new approach, the research essay, a form that makes exploration and discovery the motive for research, re-aligning the assignment with the genuine purpose of academic inquiry.
The Lobster Almanac
Published in 1988, The Lobster Almanac is a lively collection of essays on everything related to the American lobster, Homarus americanus. While out of print, the book is still available from numerous online booksellers.