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When Words Collide : A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style

When Words Collide : A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style - 6th edition

When Words Collide : A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780534562069

ISBN10: 053456206X

When Words Collide : A Media Writer
Edition: 6TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
International: No
When Words Collide : A Media Writer

ISBN13: 9780534562069

ISBN10: 053456206X

Edition: 6TH 04


WHEN WORDS COLLIDE is the most versatile grammar and usage handbook for beginning and continuing media writers. As a main text, the book is praised by students and professors for its straightforward, clear treatment of grammar, offered in a lighthearted, almost conversational tone. As a handbook, the text serves as a reference tool for students throughout their writing careers. It provides concise and clear explanations and examples, or a quick and accurate answer to a grammar or usage question. The unique 'from writer to writer' perspective engages students and guides them firsthand through the writing process.

New to the Edition:

  • New "Quickstart" chapter "The 10 Secrets to Good Writing" gets students engaged with the writing process right from the beginning and provides great tips and tactics for successful writing.
  • Former chapter 1, new chapter 2 will provides a strong focus on connecting clear writing to good grammar.
  • New, separate chapter on the verb and appropriate uses give this important subject matter ample coverage.
  • Website with exercises and activities take the text and exercises workbook to a new level by providing numerous tutorial opportunities. The website offers additional exercises that students can complete, print out, and/or e-mail to their professor.
  • Spelling chapter refocused on language and literacy, seeing vs. hearing and the dangers of software spellchecks to better inform the learning writer.
  • New coverage on ethnic stereotyping in Chapter 12 (formerly chapter 11) Sense and Sensitivity.
  • Numerous new examples keep the text current and engaging.
  • Expanded coverage throughout on online writing (problems and successes).


  • Versatile as both an easy-to-use reference handbook and a grammar/usage textbook.
  • Clear, concise explanations of all important grammar issues.
  • Timeless and appropriate examples compare correct with incorrect uses.
  • Chapter 11, Sense and Sensitivity, covers the "-isms" in writing: sexism, racism, ageism, etc. and encourages the student to be aware and sensitive to race, class and gender issues in media writing.
  • Clear, Concise explanation of all-important grammar issues in a lighthearted, conversational tone.
  • Fresh examples from a variety of media in every chapter that help the student quickly apply grammar and style rules to their own writing.
  • A complete "Topical Guide to Grammar and Word Use."

Author Bio

Kessler, Lauren : University of Oregon

Lauren Kessler is the author of ten books, including Los Angeles Times best-seller and Oregon Book Award finalist The Happy Bottom Riding Club (Random House 2000), the biography of one of the most colorful women of the 20th century: pioneering aviatrix, Hollywood stunt pilot and bordello madame Pancho Barnes. Her other books include a season-in-the-life narrative about women's sports, Full Court Press (Dutton 1997); Stubborn Twig (Random House1994), which won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for literary nonfiction; and After All These Years (Thunder's Mouth Press 1990), portraits of 60s radicals critics praised as "vital and revealing." Her books have been translated into Italian, Japanese and Chinese. Kestrel's essays have appeared in Salon, The Nation and Oregon Quarterly. She writes regularly about the craft of writing for Writer's Digest and has published articles in a variety of magazines. The founder and editor of Etude, an online magazine devoted to new and emerging voices in literary nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the Medill school of Journalism, Northwestern University.

McDonald, Duncan : University of Oregon

Duncan McDonald is currently serving at the University of Oregon as Vice President for Public Affairs and Development. He is a past winner of the University's prestigious Ersted Award for excellence in teaching, and has co-authored four well-known textbooks grammar, media writing, information gathering and graphics. He is an active freelance photographer, and his work is frequently published and exhibited. He has had experience as a newspaper photographer, reporter, editor and publisher. From 1992 to 1994, McDonald was chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. In addition to his work on skills texts, McDonald investigates how writing is taught and how we acquire and use language. The implications of electronic and digital manipulations of photographs are also among his research interests.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. What You Don't Know Will Hurt You.
2. Parts of Speech.
3. The Sentence.
4. Agreement-Rules, Exceptions and Common Sense.
5. Case.
6. Passive Voice.
7. Punctuation.
8. Spelling.
9. Clarity, Conciseness, Coherence.
10. Style.
11. Sense and Sensitivity.


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