The Broadview Guide to Writing is a concise yet uncommonly thorough text with a fresh approach to the craft of essay writing. The first part of the book discusses the style and structure of essay writing, and includes a useful discussion of the intangibles involved in the writing process—such as confidence, perseverance, and a willingness to deal with criticism constructively. The second part of the book provides thorough coverage of grammar and usage in a comprehensive reference guide, ranging from the simplest mechanical issues (such as subject verb agreement) to subtle distinctions between words that have similar meanings. A wide range of examples is included throughout the book.
The fourth edition has been extensively updated and now incorporates the 2008 changes to MLA Style guidelines for documentation. Particular attention is paid throughout to the needs of Canadian students.
Doug Babington is Director of the Writing Centre at Queen's University, and the author of articles both on writing and on literature; Don LePan is the author of The Cognitive Revolution in Western Culture (Macmillan, 1989) and of The Broadview Book of Common Errors in English (5th edition 2003); Maureen Okun is a professor in both the Liberal Studies Department and the English Department at Vancouver Island University.
"… Offers solid advice on matters of style and usage without being repetitive or overly elaborate." – Richard Collier, Mount Royal College
"The Broadview Guide to Writing (4/e) registers the seriousness of academic writing yet reads like an amiable conversation with writers. … Seldom have I encountered a handbook that demonstrates so concretely the connection between how we think and what we write…. The new section on sentence combining is welcome. Other features I value include the emphasis on writing-across-the-curriculum and the up-to-date MLA documentation guide. I don’t think it's possible to include more in a handbook than this reasonably priced volume contains." – Robyn Fowler, University of Alberta
"The overall structure of this book is similar to [that of Andrea] Lunsford. The prose is highly readable and the authors address questions such as 'correctness' very well." – University of Michigan English 229 Textbook Committee