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Writing in the Works 4th Edition

Susan Blau | Kathryn Burak

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WRITING IN THE WORKS, 4th Edition maintains a dual focus on writing as both an academic and practical tool while presenting content updated for the contemporary writing environment. Students learn to write for the digital world -- where visual and verbal messages are inseparable -- by exploring serious yet engaging ideas. The authors emphasize the skills of synthesizing, defining, and evaluating -- skills central to the development of good academic writing and good real-world writing. They encourage students to take chances, think big thoughts, and practice skills that will prepare them to ride the global communications wave as more confident, capable writers. This edition reflects guidelines from the 2016 MLA Handbook.

Susan Blau, Boston University

Susan Blau was a professor and director of the Undergraduate Writing program and the Writing Center at Boston University's College of Communication. She received her BS in Education from the University of Vermont and her MA in English from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Her background is in linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and American Literature. She has taught writing in both English and Communication Departments and has published articles, conducted workshops, and presented papers at national conferences on the topics of teaching writing, writing across the curriculum, and writing center research and practice.

Kathryn Burak, Boston University

Kathryn Burak has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in English from Kutztown University. She has taught writing at North Carolina State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Boston University. She is the author of a novel, EMILY'S DRESS AND OTHER MISSING THINGS, and her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in such journals and magazines as Fiction, Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, Gettysburg Review, Belt, and Seventeen. Her interests include teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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  • The book's extensive art program illustrates the importance of visual literacy and pays special attention to the role of the image—how to analyze, use, design, and incorporate the image into the written text. The "Visual Literacy" feature in each chapter encourages students to look at and analyze a variety of visual images: photographs, drawings, paintings, posters, websites, and cartoons.
  • Enhanced emphasis on technology and media includes coverage of social media (Chapter 9), blogs (Chapter 12), and visual arguments (Chapter 13).
  • The book helps improve student motivation and student writing with assignments on writing to explore, inform, analyze, and argue that have a clear application to communication in the world outside college. These assignments include a variety of genres, such as essays of ideas, memoirs, profiles, short articles, news stories, research articles, reviews, editorials, public service messages, and proposals.
  • Assignments intended for the real world and potential publication help students understand the importance of audience. Meaningful contextualized writing assignments help students see themselves as writers in communication with a real audience.
  • The book helps students connect the writing skills they learn in college to the writing they will do for their careers and community.

Writing in the Works, 2016 MLA Update


1. The Rhetorical Situation: Writers’ Choices.
2. The Writer's Process.
3. Collaboration, Peer Review, and Writing as a Public Act.
4. Reading, Thinking, and Writing Critically.
5. Writing a Narrative: Memoirs.
6. Writing about Others: Profiles.
7. Synthesizing Information: The Essay of Ideas.
8. Writing Short Articles: The Explainer.
9. Writing a Report: News for Print, Web, and Social Media.
10. Writing an Evaluation: Reviews.
11. Writing a Causal Analysis: Long Researched Articles.
12. Writing an Argument: Editorials, Commentaries, and Blogs.
13. Creating a Visual Argument: Public Service Messages.
14. Writing for Your Community: Proposals.
15. Research.
16. Documentation (MLA and APA Guidelines).
17. Grammar Refresher.
18. Punctuation.
19. Common Errors.
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