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The Sense of Structure: Writing from the Reader's Perspective

 
 
 
 
The Sense of Structure: Writing from the Reader's Perspective
Author: George Gopen
ISBN 13: 9780205296323
ISBN 10: 205296327
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2004-01-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $85.40
 
 

Emphasizing “reader expectations,” this composition text provides an insightful guide to writing clearly and effectively.

Reflecting on the author's decades of experience as an international writing consultant, writer, and instructor, The Sense of Structure teaches writing from the perspective of readers. This text demonstrates that readers have relatively fixed expectations of where certain words or grammatical constructions will appear in a unit of discourse. By bringing these intuitive reading processes to conscious thought, this text provides students with tools for understanding how readers interact with the structure of writing, from punctuation marks to sentences to paragraphs, and how meaning and purpose are communicated through structure.