Fourth Edition   ©2017

The Academic Writer

A Brief Guide

Lisa Ede (Oregon State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03720-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03720-8; Format: Paper Text, 448 pages

A focus on rhetorical common sense. Easy-to-understand guidelines help students learn to make effective choices as they read, write, and compose based on their rhetorical situation. Students learn the questions they need to ask to understand any rhetorical situation in terms of the writer or composer, reader, text, and medium. "Thinking Rhetorically" icons highlight this advice throughout the book.

"Guidelines" flowcharts to present key processes.  These charts highlight the importance of decision-making and active engagement in the processes of thinking, writing, reading, and composing, and they make writing advice even easier for students to grasp.

Practical advice on analyzing texts and constructing effective arguments. Chapter 5 helps students develop the strong analytic skills that are central to academic writing and carefully reasoned arguments. Chapter 6 demonstrates how to make and support claims, focusing on mastering the essential moves of academic writing.

Essential help for academic for writing in the disciplines, and a wide range of model student essays. Chapter 8, "Writing in the Disciplines: Making Choices as You Write," helps students analyze writing tasks in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and business and offers model student essays from across the curriculum. A multi-part case study in Chapter 6 and a variety of student models in chapter 8 and throughout the book instruct and inspire students to write effectively whatever their rhetorical situation. The text includes a multi-part case study in Chapter 6, a variety of student models in chapter 8 and throughout the book, and examples of multimodal academic writing in Chapter 11 editing, and proofreading

Pays careful attention to writing as design. Today's students need to employ all the resources available to them to write effectively: words, images, design elements, and media. Chapter 1 compares writing and design, providing a bridge that helps students develop the confidence and rhetorical sensitivity they need to succeed as academic writers, and Chapter 11 provides strategies for tailoring design to the rhetorical situation.