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The Call to Write, 6th Edition

  • John Trimbur Emerson College
  • ISBN-10: 1133311148  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311140
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

The sixth edition of THE CALL TO WRITE continues and expands its creative approach to college composition. Organized by genres, including memoirs, letters, profiles, reports, commentaries, proposals, and reviews, and including new chapters on multigenre writing and on writing essays, this innovative rhetoric gives students the practice they need to write in college and in the public sphere. Timely, provocative readings promote social engagement, encouraging students to become involved, through public writing, in their community and in the greater world around them. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • The book design has been simplified and streamlined to enhance readability. Chapter titles have been shortened, clarifying the subject matter and making the text easier to navigate.
  • Revised Chapter 1, "What Is Writing Today? Analyzing Literacy Events and Practices," examines writing in the digital age, deepening an emphasis on writing and literacy as multimodal and digital.
  • Revised Chapter 3, "Persuasion and Responsibility: Writing a Position Paper," considers what makes writing persuasive and how to construct a responsible argument.
  • Revised Chapter 4, "The Rhetorical Work of the Essay: How Form Embodies Purpose," demonstrates the options in essay writing and offers guidance in shaping, designing, and writing essays.
  • A diverse range of public writing models, including speeches, news stories, websites, blog postings, posters, op-ed pieces, graphic novels, graffiti, listservs, and newsletters, is represented throughout the book.
  • Part II offers highly structured, core chapters on writing in different genres: letters, memoirs, profiles, reports, commentaries, proposals, and reviews. A new chapter (12) has been added on multigenre writing, offering guidance on public writing: for publicity, social movements, and advocacy campaigns. All readings and visuals in the genre chapters have been updated.
  • "For Critical Inquiry" questions in Part II ask students to read closely and carefully, to understand their response as readers and the decisions writers make when they take up the call to write.
  • Student-written pieces, literary and popular essays, and writing from various collegiate disciplines and professions are included as models for writing.
  • A grammar handbook supports students along their path to becoming purposeful writers. A brief edition of THE CALL TO WRITE that does not include the handbook is also available.

Table of Contents

PART 1: WRITING AND THE RHETORICAL SITUATION.
1. What Is Writing Today? Analyzing Literacy Events and Practices.
2. The Choices Writers Make: Writing a Rhetorical Analysis.
3. Persuasion and Responsibility: Writing a Position Paper.
4. The Rhetorical Work of the Essay: How Form Embodies Purpose.
PART II: GENRES OF WRITING.
5. Memoirs.
6. Letters.
7. Profiles.
8. Reports.
9. Commentary.
10. Proposals.
11. Reviews.
12 Multigenre Writing: Publicity, Advocacy Campaigns, and Social Movements.
PART III: WRITING AND RESEARCH PROJECTS.
13. Doing Research: Critical Essays, Research Papers, and Magazine Articles.
14. Working with Sources.
15. A Guide to Print, Electronic, and Other Sources.
16. Fieldwork and the Research Report.
PART IV: DELIVERY: PRESENTING YOUR WORK.
17. Visual Design.
18. Web Design.
19. PowerPoint Presentations.
PART V: WRITERS AT WORK.
20. Case Study of Composing.
21. Collaborative Writing Projects.
22. Writing Portfolios.
PART VI: GUIDE TO EDITING.

What's New

  • The sixth edition emphasizes multigenre writing throughout the text, making the point, in new exercises and readings, that in the 21st century, all texts are multimodal. A new Chapter 12, "Multigenre Writing: Publicity, Advocacy Campaigns, and Social Movements," offers guidance on public writing. A thoroughly revised Chapter 17, "Visual Design," offers instruction in the changing proportions of visual design in the multimodal age.
  • Each chapter in Part II includes new exercises on Multimodal Composition. While making the point that all texts are multimodal, THE CALL TO WRITE helps students understand how composition changes depending on whether it is produced as a paper, a video, a blog post, or in some other genre.
  • A completely revised chapter on essay writing has been added to Part I. In examining the open and flexible approach to writing made possible by this genre, Chapter 4, "The Rhetorical Work of the Essay: How Form Embodies Purpose," demonstrates the options in essay writing and offers guidance in shaping, designing, and writing essays.
  • Readings and visuals are current and up-to-date.
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Reviews

"I like just about everything in this text and its cutting-edge approach to rhetoric and composition. It accepts that electronic genres are important in writing, that collaborative writing is a useful pedagogical tool, and that students must be given challenging individual and group assignments to practice the skills outlined in each section."

— Marie Fitzwilliam, University of Missouri - Columbia

"I like Trimbur's emphasis on the rhetorical situation and the reasons people write. The title fits this approach quite well. I like the fresh graphics, the idea of considering all kinds of writing, such as signs, as texts, and I like the currency of many of the readings."

— Susanne Bentley, Great Basin College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Trimbur

John Trimbur is a specialist in composition and writing studies, with interests in cultural studies of literacy and the politics of language in the United States and South Africa. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from State University of New York, Buffalo. Trimbur is the director of the First Year Writing Program at Emerson College in Boston. He has published widely on writing theory and has won a number of awards, including the Richard Braddock Award for Outstanding Article (2003) for "English Only and U.S. College Composition," the James L. Kinneavy Award (2001) for "Agency and the Death of the Author: A Partial Defense of Modernism," and the College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award (1993) for _The Politics of Writing Instruction: Postsecondary_. He also was a visiting professor at the Centre for Higher Education Development and a resident fellow at the Centre for Rhetorical Studies, both at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.