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The Craft of QuotingFrank Harris III

The Craft of Quoting

The Art of Writing it Like it’s Said (First Edition)
By Frank Harris III

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63189-337-7, 82 pages


The Craft of Quoting helps student-writers develop the ability to use quotes in such a way that their readers “hear” and “feel” what the speaker is saying and understand its relevance to the topic at hand. Students will learn how to write quotes with style, clarity, and consistency.

The book provides clear guidelines for mechanical correctness, appropriate attribution, and paraphrasing. The use of paragraph breaks for stylistic purposes is also addressed. In addition, The Craft of Quoting sets out twelve “quote-nots” that help students avoid the common pitfalls of using quotes in written work, as well as nine essential quote patterns that enhance efficacy and impact.

The Craft of Quoting also addresses the importance of ethics in writing, especially as these relate to plagiarism and academic dishonesty.

Practical and concise, The Craft of Quoting is ideally suited to journalism students whose reporting involves interviewing sources. It is also an excellent tool for second-tier writing classes in which students explore other people’s thoughts and feelings in their work.

Frank Harris III earned his master’s degree at The University of Texas, his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University, and is a professor of journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. Professor Harris is a columnist for The Hartford Courant, and his writing has appeared in over fifty newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune.

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