On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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Harper Collins, May 9, 2006 - Reference - 336 pages

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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User Review  - ny1suburban1consumer - Overstock.com

The definitive guide for all who aspire to become more competent, clear, and resourceful in nearly every writing situation. I found it immensely helpful and enjoyable, though I'll admit it was not ... Read full review

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User Review  - mlsatterfield - Overstock.com

I bought this book at the urging of another writer and am glad I did. It is full of useful information and covers topics from usage and style to writing travel sports memoirs and more. It was well worth the cost and I would recommend it to non fiction writers in all areas. Read full review

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William Zinsser has been a mentor for countless people who want to write with clarity and confidence. His eighteen books include the classic On Writing Well, which has sold almost 1.5 million copies. He now teaches at the New School and at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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