The Academic Writer’s Toolkit: A User’s Manual

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Left Coast Press, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 166 pages
Berger’s slim, user-friendly volume on academic writing is a gift to linguistically-stressed academics. Author of 60 published books, the author speaks to junior scholars and graduate students about the process and products of academic writing. He differentiates between business writing skills for memos, proposals, and reports, and the scholarly writing that occurs in journals and books. He has suggestions for getting the “turgid” out of turgid academic prose and offers suggestions on how to best structure various forms of documents for effective communication. Written in Berger’s friendly, personal style, he shows by example that academics can write good, readable prose in a variety of genres.
 

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I was looking for a book to help me with the process of writing in a blog. I wanted to learn how to choose a topic, research material, structure my thoughts, and write a coherent article. Whilst this book does not discuss blogs specifically, it is an easy to read guide written in a narrative style, with plenty of examples to illustrate the concepts described. The chapters are short and to the point and on the whole I found it a useful first book on the subject of writing. It is a book for the shelf which I will refer back to on a regular basis as I continue to learn about how to write. 

Contents

Mission Impossible?
1
THE WRITING PROCESS
11
GENRES OF ACADEMIC WRITING
73
Coda
149
Further Resources
155
Bibliography
158
Index
161
About the Author
165
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Arthur Asa Berger is professor emeritus in the department of broadcast communication Arts at San Francisco State University. He is author of 60 books on media, popular culture, visual culture, and writing. He has authored textbooks, scholarly works, practical manuals and a series of teaching novels for classroom use.

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