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Writing Well: The Essential Guide

Writing Well: The Essential Guide
Author: Mark Tredinnick
ISBN 13: 9780521727686
ISBN 10: 521727685
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2008-08-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $21.99

Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose.


It seems ironic that one of the last reviews I'm writing for KLIATT is a review of a writing book. Let's just say, after more than 30 years of trying to be a good writer, I admire and respect those who are able to explain the craft of writing, and it is a craft. Tredinnick is Australian—a successful writer of essays, poetry, and a memoir; he is a teacher of writing at the University of Sydney. This guide is personal, with references to Tredinnick's own experience, with numerous writing exercises he has used with his writing programs. He speaks of form often—shapes of sentences and paragraphs, the voice, the music of language. In the chapter on creative writing, we read, "Creative writing makes art out of the stuff of life—of human lives, of places, of the work we do, and the words we speak." Throughout are exercises that would be helpful for an aspiring writer working independently, or for teachers to use with writing classes. I think this book would be most helpful for English teachers at all levels, eager for inspiration for themselves and their students. Reviewer: Claire Rosser