The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing is a complete handbook and rhetoric, useful to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of composition. The book starts with an overview of the writing process, before moving on to explore essays, paragraphs, and sentences. It discusses types of writing organized by rhetorical mode. The book also includes a short section on the mechanics of writing and concludes with the handbook section, covering the basics of grammar. This text is the fully updated, second Canadian edition. In the new edition, more than one third of the examples are now by Canadian writers writing across the disciplines. Extensive revisions have streamlined the information and have brought the text up-to-date with recent changes in library sciences, word-processing software, and the Internet
Thomas S. Kane, former professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury, wrote the original Oxford Guide to Writing, which was then adapted for Canadians by Karen C. Ogden, who is Vice-Provost (Staff Development), Office of the President, The University of Manitoba. Heather Pyrcz, who teaches writing and composition at Acadia University, has taken-over responsibility for Canadian content and updating for the second edition. In addition to teaching, Pyrcz is also the author of several books and collections of poetry.