College Writing

Entertaining Writing on Everyday Topics (First Edition)
By Thomas Friedrich
©2020, 178 pages

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    College Writing: Entertaining Writing on Everyday Topics presents students with an innovative and playful approach to academic reading and writing that transforms these seemingly mundane processes into entertaining, desire-driven learning experiences. Students are encouraged to view academic writing as an enjoyable activity, write about topics they are interested in, and discover how their writing improves as a result.

    The book begins by detailing the author’s past experiences as a student writer, how he came to believe that academic writing should be an entertaining activity, and the importance of play and performance in creating an entertaining written work. Next, it explores the act of “reading-to-write” as playful performance, challenging students to develop a joyful and investigative approach to research. Additional chapters show students how to transform everyday topics—namely, being a student, being a community member, and using technology—into compelling, persuasive academic works.

    Featuring a highly approachable style, opportunities for experimental writing, and a fresh approach, College Writing is a great resource for foundational courses in composition, college writing, and English. The text is also ideal for student success and student orientation programs.

    Thomas Friedrich is an associate professor of English and the director of freshman composition at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in literacy education with a minor in literacy and rhetorical studies from the University of Minnesota.
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