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Writing In College: From Competence to Excellence

Author: Amy Guptill
Subject: Literature
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: Open SUNY
ISBN: 9781942341215
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Writing in College is designed for students who have largely mastered high-school level conventions of formal academic writing and are now moving beyond the five-paragraph essay to more advanced engagement with text. It is well suited to composition courses or first-year seminars and valuable as a supplemental or recommended text in other writing-intensive classes. It provides a friendly/ down-to-earth introduction to professors' goals and expectations/ demystifying the norms of the academy and how they shape college writing assignments. Each of the nine chapters can be read separately/ and each includes suggested exercises to bring the main messages to life. Students will find in Writing in College a warm invitation to join the academic community as novice scholars and to approach writing as a meaningful medium of thought and communication. With concise discussions/ clear multidisciplinary examples/ and empathy for the challenges of student life/ Guptill conveys a welcoming tone. In addition/ each chapter includes Student Voices: peer-to-peer wisdom from real SUNY Brockport students about their strategies for and experiences with college writing. While there are many affordable writing guides available/ most focus only on sentence-level issues or/ conversely/ a broad introduction to making the transition. Writing In College/ in contrast/ provides both a coherent frame for approaching writing assignments and indispensable advice for effective organization and expression.

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