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Acts of Revision : Guide to Writers

Acts of Revision : Guide to Writers - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0867095500

Cover of Acts of Revision : Guide to Writers 04 (ISBN 978-0867095500)
ISBN13: 978-0867095500
ISBN10: 0867095504
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

List price: $29.15

Acts of Revision : Guide to Writers - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0867095500

Wendy Bishop

ISBN13: 978-0867095500
ISBN10: 0867095504
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Revision is a crucial part of the writing process. But many authors resist the act. The contributors to this book know this from experience, whether they've taught freshman comp or other writing courses. They could see the need for a highly practical book--one filled with field-tested exercises to help writers not only revise, but appreciate and enjoy the process. They could see the need for Acts of Revision--a book that writing instructors would be eager to adopt and that new and experienced writers could enjoy as a text for any writing course.

Using their own and classroom work as instructional examples, each contributor to Acts of Revision works with either a different genre (poetry, research writing, creative nonfiction, alternate styles, hypertext) or with the sound and effect of text, particularly sentences and punctuation. Exercises within chapters give writers the opportunity to practice revising and hone their skills. To emphasize the point that revision requires a shift from the writer's concerns to readers' concerns, Wendy Bishop and her longtime coauthor Hans Ostrum provide a collaborative revision history at the end of the book. They show how writing and revising together not only improves the product, but also dispels the image, and myth, of the writer-who-writes-alone (which is only true if you expect no readers).

Whether you're a student, a teacher, or an independent writer, take this book as a practical invitation into the acts of revision that these contributors know are productive. Benefit from their experiences, including what doesn't work and why. Then consider your many options. Compare and contrast, control and play, assess and experiment. Ultimately, know that the act of revision is an art well worth your time and attention.

Table of Contents

1. Revising Attitudes
2. Revising Out and Revising In
3. The Masks of Revision
4. Revising Research Writing: A Theory and Some Exercises
5. From Correct to Effect: Revising and Alternate Styles
6. Subterranean Rulesick Blues
7. A Study in Sentence Style
8. Punctuation as Editing
9. The Case of Creative Nonfiction: Retouching Life
10. If the Poet Wants to Be a Poet
11. The Making of a Poem, Live and Uncensored
12. Why Not Hypertext? Converting the Old, Interpreting the New, Revising the Rest