Style & Usage

Style & Usage


  • 'They Say / I Say': The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings

    By Gerald Graff

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393912753
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: November 2011
    Using this unique, portable (5x7.5"), student-friendly text/handbook, first-year composition students can respond to the arguments they read in the book's 44 engaging readings using sentence templates designed for various rhetorical situations, such as introducing an ongoing debate, explaining quotations, and making concessions. Students are encouraged to modify templates like "While some argue that--, others contend that--" for their own purposes. The handbook does not prohibit the use of the first-person in persuasive writing, and many of the templates reflect this. The collected readings touch on higher education, pop culture, fast food, sports, and the American dream, and come from current newspapers, magazines, books, and speeches. Each reading is accompanied by several questions leading students to understand how the author uses the rhetorical moves covered in the book; one question for each reading invites students to write a response. The book is illustrated with b&w photos and cartoons. In addition to many new readings, this second edition includes a chapter on writing in the social sciences. A lively companion blog offers up-to-the-minute articles on issues discussed in the book's readings, from sources such as National Public Radio and print and online magazines. Students and teachers can join the online conversation using the blog's comment feature. Graff is affiliated with the University of Chicago. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • 1,000 Character Writing Prompts

    By Bryan Cohen

    Our Price: $11.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781475103137
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: March 2012
    From the author of 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, this 300 page, 150,000+ word reference tool can serve writers who need characters and need them now!If character development is your problem, this detailed reference tool for any writer is the solution. Imagine if every time you sat down to brainstorm for your stories, scripts and more, you had a notebook full of character ideas ready to spring to life on the page. This time-saving, idea-generating tome can ensure that from protagonist to checkout girl, your characters are fully developed and captivating. Covering a variety of genres, time periods and styles, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts, adds nuance and depth to the typical character stereotypes many writers rely on.The book includes the following archetypes:• Superheroes, sidekicks and secret agents• Monsters, demons and strange creatures• Optimists, pessimists and screw ups• Zombies, werewolves and vampires• Lawyers, doctors and butchers• Rebels, ninjas, actors, villains, pets, babies and many more!Each of the 1,000 character ideas ends with a question or command to push you past your writer's block and into a creative flow state for your future writing sessions. This sequel to author Bryan Cohen's popular 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts can take your writing productivity to a whole new level.Bryan Cohen is a director, a comedian and an author of several books on the art of writing including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More and Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job. His website Build Creative Writing Ideas helps over 240,000 visitors a year to push past writer's block and reach their creative goals. He lives in Chicago.
  • 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More

    By Bryan Cohen

    Our Price: $7.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781461089421
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: April 2011
    When you finally have the opportunity to sit down and write, you want absolutely nothing to get in your way. In an ideal world, the ideas would flow from head to pen quickly and easily. You would have thousands of ideas at your fingertips. This new idea-generating book makes that dream a reality. With exactly one thousand prompts, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More is truly a cure for writer's block. These story starters cover a large range of topics, including: * Holidays * College * Health * Regrets * Nature * Shakespeare * Religion * The American Dream * ...and over 40 more! These prompts help you to write from the heart so that you can relate to your audience. They work for blogs, scripts, stories, poems, essays and anything else that requires that you write with no interruptions.
  • 100 Successful College Application Essays

    By The Harvard Independent

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451417619
    • Publisher: New American Library
    • Published: July 2013
    An updated guide to college application essays offers one hundred complete essays that helped gain students admission to the country's top schools, as well as provides helpful advice from admissions officers.
  • 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

    By Gary Provost

    Our Price: $6.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451627216
    • Publisher: PENGUIN USA
    • Published: October 1985
    Gives advice on overcoming writer's block, developing a personal style, finding a good opening, improving one's diction, avoiding mistakes in grammar or punctuation, and editing a manuscript
  • 1001 Ways to Say Thank You

    By Gail Hamilton

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780968085387
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: March 2008
  • 101 Best Beginnings Ever Written

    By Barnaby Conrad

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781884956867
    • Publisher: Independent Pub Group
    • Published: December 2008
    "Early one June morning in 1872 I murdered my father--an act which made a deep impression on me at the time." Thus begins Ambrose Bierce's short story, "An Imperfect Conflagration." In this book for writers and general readers, Conrad, author of 101 Best Scenes Ever Written, identifies 12 different types of beginnings for novels and stories, and compiles examples from well-known contemporary and classic writers. The examples, and Conrad's comments, will help writers learn to craft compelling beginnings of their own. Conrad is the founder of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • 101 Best Scenes Ever Written: A Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers

    By Barnaby Conrad

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781884956560
    • Publisher: Quill River Books
    • Published: October 2006
    Terry could have been a contender in On the Waterfront. Ginger dies in Black Beauty. Prince Andrei stirs up the troops in War and Peace. Here Conrad makes judicious choices of scenes from film, fiction and drama to create a very tasty plate of hors d'oeuvres, whether for those who know and love the patron work or those who would like to learn more about the pithiest parts of literature. He includes great beginnings (some writers only need one word to draw you in) and purely visual scenes, action, adventure, war, romance (complete with understanding gendarmes), revenge, betrayal, humor (Dave Barry comments on the word "Squanto"), horror, juveniles (or perhaps more accurately horrors of juveniles), and endings (slam the door very vigorously at the end of A Doll's House, giving sound advice about writing with each. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • 101 Ways to Say Thank You: Notes of Gratitude for All Occasions

    By Kelly Browne

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781402747021
    • Publisher: Sterling
    • Published: February 2008
    Dear Reader, If you have ever had trouble expressing gratitude to those who have helped you tremendously, in some form or fashion, then perhaps a small investment is in order. With the purchase of this, concise yet remarkably informative, reference guide you may easily rest assured that not only will your dollars be well spent but you may find that from the day you have put '101 Ways to Say Thank You' into practice, you will be exceedingly gracious for its wisdom and impeccible structure. It has in deed been a joy of the highest honor having spent these few seconds with you Reader, and I thank you for your time and attention...Most Sincerely, Book.
  • The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

    By Brian Kiteley

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781582973517
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: August 2005
    The director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver offers his best advice for writers, revealing how to help writers overcome anxieties, break from from limiting processes, and identify mental processes at work. Original.
  • 301 Polish Verbs

    By Klara Janecki

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780764110207
    • Publisher: Barron's
    • Published: February 2000
    The most commonly used Polish verbs are listed alphabetically, one verb per page, and fully conjugated in a table format. Other helpful features for both language students and travelers include English-Polish and Polish-English verb indexes listing nearly 2300 verbs, and common Polish idioms using verbs. The book also features puzzles, Polish proverbs, self-tests, and other aids designed to improve students' familiarity with and usage of Polish verbs.
  • 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction

    By Brian Kiteley

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781582975634
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: 2008
    In the sequel to The 3 A.M. Epiphany,the director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver presents a series of innovative writing essays to help writers escape limitations and anxiety to practice their craft in creative new ways. Original.
  • 45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

    By Victoria Lynn Schmidt

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781599635347
    • Publisher: Writers Digest
    • Published: January 2012
    Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.
  • 501 English Verbs with CD-ROM (Barron's Language Guides)

    By Thomas R. Beyer Jr.

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781438073026
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    • Published: June 2013
    The new third edition of Barron's 501 English Verbs comes with an enclosed CD-ROM that offers valuable practice exercises in verb conjugation and a concise grammar review. The book presents the most common regular and irregular English verbs alphabetically arranged in table form, one verb per page, and completely conjugated in all tenses. The book also reviews rules of grammar applicable to verb usage, provides a list of hundreds more regular verbs, offers tips on idiomatic verb usage, lists 550 problem verbs with their principal parts, and presents an index to the verbs that includes their irregular forms. A newly revised section of Phrasal Verbs offers 55 essential forms with multiple example sentences. Here's a valuable fast-reference source for ESL students and all students of English grammar.
  • The 9 Rights of Every Writer

    By Vicki Spandel

    Our Price: $28.13
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780325007366
    • Publisher: Heinemann
    • Published: July 2005