Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings

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Authors Winkler and McCuen-Matherell have created a two-book writing series that takes into account many of the known difficulties that developing writing students have with English language skills and strategies. The authors have successfully reached more students by providing the most varied practice exercises of any writing text: Every unit contains Practice Exercises, Unit Tests, Unit Talk-Write Exercises, Unit Collaborative Assignments, Unit Writing Assignments, and Photo Writing Assignments.  These diverse exercises will help students of all types—visual, auditory, and collaborative learners—learn and retain the material.

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This innovative, confidence-building book is based on the assumption that people have a built-in "ear" for their language—i.e., can "hear" the patterns and rhythms that underlie speaking fluency and that fluency in writing can be developed by applying this inner "ear". It presents writing not as a totally new discipline requiring yet another set of skills, but merely a more logical and formal application of an expertise people already have—talking. A multitude of exercises, assignments, and writing suggestions give readers the opportunity to use their "inner ear" for speech to develop their writing, editing, and revising skills while building an understanding of basic grammar. Coverage includes Preparing To Write; Writing Good Paragraphs; Paragraph Strategies; Writing Good Essays; Sentence Basics; The 20 Most Common Sentence Errors; and Readings. For those interested in the writing process, grammar, and mechanics.

About the Author:

Anthony C. Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Mt. Alvernia Academy and Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1962, he came to the United States to attend school, and received an A.A. from Citrus College, and a B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles.

For seven years, he taught as a part-time evening college instructor while working full time as a book representative first for Appleton Century Crofts, and then for Scott, Foresman.

Winkler began collaborating with Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell in 1973, and became a fulltime freelance writer in 1976. He is the author of numerous textbooks, trade books (including Bob Marley: An Intimate Portrait by His Mother) and screenplays (including The Lunatic, based on his second novel). He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell was born in Belgium and grew up in Europe, coming to the United States for her college education. She received her B.A. from Pacific Union College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. While working on her doctorate, Jo Ray was hired to teach English at Glendale Community College, from which she retired in 1996.

A chance meeting in 1973 with Tony Winkler, who was a college textbook sales representative, led to a partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the country. "I have reached the place," says Jo Ray, "where I have difficulty remembering what I've said in what book."

Jo Ray has one son, David Cotton, a perinatologist at Wayne State University. When not revising her textbooks and writing new ones, Jo Ray enjoys traveling, reading, opera, snow skiing, and tennis.

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