“The chapter on ‘How to Be Good with Words’ braves every thorny patch of ethical usage imaginable with clear-eyed candor, a serious and generous sensibility, and refreshing wit…. [Overall,] The Broadview Guide to Writing is not only informative and impressive; it is smart—smartly written and smartly designed.” —Dennis Paoli, Co-coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum, Hunter College, CUNY
“This spiral-bound handbook is designed to provide all writers with basic and in-depth guidelines to all stages of the writing process…. The section on academic writing deserves particular mention here. Unlike many other writing handbooks, this volume provides in-depth discussion of the various types of academic writing and their unique characteristics. This section will be useful to the college writer… In particular, the guidance and analysis provided in the Academic Writing section will be of use to the undergraduate student who is expected to write papers in a wide variety of disciplines. Sections on writing about literature, writing about science, writing about texts and writing across the disciplines will clear up confusion on the expectations and norms of these varied types of academic writing…. This volume…can certainly serve as a useful one-stop resource for a wide variety of common questions.” —David Bell, Reference Reviews
“After a careful comparison between the two, I have just switched from A Writer’s Reference to The Broadview Guide to Writing. The lower price is definitely a factor in my decision—but it is so much more than that. The EAL designation [in the Broadview] is so much more welcoming and realistic, [and the overall] tone of the Broadview handbook is so approachable, clear, and encouraging.” —Carol Brown, Diablo Valley College
Comments on Previous Editions
“The Broadview Guide remains the most readable writing guide available—at any price. It’s the only usage guide I’ve ever actually read for fun. Moreover, it’s sensible, and it’s complete. … The authors assume nothing, but they don’t condescend.” —Jacky Bolding, University of the Fraser Valley
“There’s so much to like here: the sense of proportion, the sensible layout, the precision of the usage notes, the sound stylistic advice, and the examples. … The text is clearly informed by the best traditions of composition and rhetoric, but comes across in a disarming fashion with a common sense approach. … Long after the course is over, students will want to keep this book as a manual of style and usage.”—Thomas L. Martin, Department of English, Florida Atlantic University
“While it is often difficult to distinguish one writing handbook from another … The Broadview Guide to Writing proves exceptional in a number of ways. … [It is] an accessible and relevant guide for twenty-first century college students, with a keen eye toward process, style, and documentation.” —Karen Head, Special Advisor to the Writing & Communication Program, The Georgia Institute of Technology
“The Broadview Guide to Writing treats the rhetorical modes appropriately—not in any rigid or formulaic fashion as ends in themselves, but as means of fostering the development of ideas. It emphasizes stylistic fluency, something that writing pedagogy has too often neglected. … And the examples seem to me to be smart and engaging. All in all, this is a book that offers students the respect they deserve—and a book that deserves to be widely used.” —Beth Daniell, Director of Composition, Kennesaw State University
“Comprehensive, affordable, and student-friendly.” —Candice Rai, English Department, University of Washington–Seattle
“I use The Broadview Guide to Writing with my students and I plan to continue using it; it's very good —clear without being condescending. I especially appreciate its comprehensive discussion of writing styles in multiple academic disciplines. And one more thing—my students can actually afford to buy it.”—Jonathan Sadow, State University of New York at Oneonta
John Van Rys, Redeemer University College
Dr. John Van Rys (Ph.D. Dalhousie University, M.A./B.A. University of Western Ontario) has taught composition, business writing, creative writing, and literature courses to college students for more than 25 years at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He has been teaching as a full professor in the English Department at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, since 2005, where he also pursues scholarly work in Canadian literature. For over 20 years, he has worked on writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, on connections between workplace and academic writing, and on strategies for strengthening varied literacies in students (from reading to research to visual literacy). With Write Source Educational Publishing and Cengage Learning, he has co-authored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Dr. Van Rys also has co-authored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.
Verne Meyer, Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning
Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin; and for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and composition at Dordt College in Iowa. In 1977, with Pat Sebranek, Dr. Meyer cofounded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. A graduate of Calvin College (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.), he has co-authored a number of texts for college students, including THE COLLEGE WRITER, THE COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK, COMP, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITE FOR WORK. For students in grades 8 through 12, he co-authored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. For businesspeople, he co-authored WRITE FOR BUSINESS and EFFECTIVE EMAIL MADE EZ. Dr. Meyer is currently a contributing editor for Write Source and UpWrite Press. He is also a featured speaker in the School Improvement Network's instructional videos, Writing Across the Curriculum.
Randall VanderMey, Westmont College
Randall VanderMey (Ph.D. University of Iowa, M.F.A. Iowa Writers' Workshop, M.A. University of Pennsylvania) is an associate professor in the Department of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He also has taught composition, literature, and technical writing at Iowa State University, Dordt College, and the University of Iowa. He is a contributing editor and creative consultant for Write Source. Dr. VanderMey has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards for his teaching and poetry. He has published two books of poems, GROWING SOUL: A SONG CYCLE, GOD TALK, and CHARM SCHOOL: FIVE WOMEN OF THE ODYSSEY, as well as a commissioned biography, MERIZON: THE GREAT JOURNEY.
Patrick Sebranek, Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning
Patrick Sebranek (M.A. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse) taught English, speech, and multimedia classes for 16 years at Union Grove High School in Wisconsin. During that time, he served as the English department chair and worked on several district-wide projects, including a writing-across-the-curriculum program and a K-12 writing sequence. He has studied the works of James Moffett, Ken Macrorie, Linda Reif, Nancie Atwell, and many other contemporary educators dealing with writing and learning. Mr. Sebranek is an author and editorial director for the Write Source Educational Publishing House and works closely with teachers and educators on all new and revised handbooks and sourcebooks.