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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $47.00
  • October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93211-9
  • 729 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Everyone's An Author


Andrea Lunsford (Author, Stanford University), Lisa Ede (Author, Oregon State University), Beverly Moss (Author, The Ohio State University), Carole Clark Papper (Author, Hofstra University), Keith Walters (Author, Portland State University)


An inspiring new rhetoric that takes some of the best ideas animating the field of composition and makes them teachable.

Everyone’s an Author focuses on writing as it really is today—with words, images, and sounds, in print and online—and encourages students to see the connections between their everyday writing and academic writing. It covers the genres college students need to learn to write—and teaches them to do so across media. It bridges the gap between Facebook and academic writing, showing how the strategies students use instinctively in social media can inform their academic writing. And it provides a strong rhetorical framework that guides students in the decisions they need to make as authors today.


Endorsements & Reviews

Everyone’s an Author is about writing as it really is today—writing with words and images and sounds, writing for print and cyberspace, writing for all the venues where it’s happening right now. Right off the bat, that makes it different from the majority of rhetorics out there.” — Clyde Moneyhun, Boise State University

“I really like the way the authors frame social media as productive tools, rather than as barriers that get in the way of good student writing.” — Casie Fedukovich, North Carolina State University

“I like the way this book grapples with the public turn in writing without sacrificing coverage of the academic genres that we want students to know and to use…. It will appeal immensely to 21st century students, and I suspect it’s going to make me a better writing teacher as well.” — Alison Russell, Xavier University

Everyone’s an Author remains faithful to a rhetorically informed approach to writing instruction, and, as its title suggests, it understands that both rhetoric and writing are undergoing profound changes as a result of new technologies. Because it is sharply attuned to such changes, it offers writing teachers new ways to think about old concerns—audience and genre, argument and style, research and rhetoric.” — Frank Farmer, University of Kansas

“The level of guidance is spot on for students, and I’m especially impressed by the attention to writing across academic fields, across cultures and communities, across media, and across genres. This book encourages rhetorical savvy.” — Rolf Norgaard, University of Colorado

Everyone’s an Author is a fresh, original, and innovative writing textbook that sets a new standard in the field. Students and instructors alike will love its contemporary, multimodal approach.” — Gary A. Olson, Idaho State University

Covers the genres college students need to write, with examples from across media

Each genre chapter links to examples of writing that include video, audio, podcasts, and so on—and a chapter on choosing genres helps students decide which genres to use when the choice is theirs.  

Shows students how the strategies they use in social media transfer to academic writing

A chapter called “Tweets to Reports” frames Facebook and other social media as productive tools rather than as barriers that get in the way of good writing.  

Demystifies academic writing

A full chapter provides guidance on meeting the demands of academic writing: on moving from the ideas of others to their own ideas, stating claims explicitly, weaving what others say in with what they say—and recognizing such writing as a way of entering scholarly conversations. 

Pays unique attention to rhetoric

Six chapters focus on the need for rhetoric: on “Thinking Rhetorically,” “Rhetoric and Writing as a Field of Study,” “Rhetoric and Writing at Work,” and more. 

Offers unique coverage of style

In an age of information overload, the way a message is presented—its style—is essential for getting and holding an audience’s attention. Six chapters help students think about their own stylistic choices, from the sentences they write to the way they design what they write. 

A companion Tumblr site adds essays, cartoons, videos, speeches, and more

Students can comment—and post links, photos, videos, quotes, and their own writing. They can search for posts by topic, genre, and medium—and tag posts to participate in conversations about particular topics. And they (and you) can participate in multimedia conversations with classmates and others, including the authors of this book, who will be participating as well. 

    Introduction: Is Everyone an Author?

    Part I. The Need for Rhetoric and Writing
    1. Thinking Rhetorically
    2. Rhetorical Situations
    3. Writing Processes
    4. The Need for Collaboration / Here Comes Everybody!
    5. Writing and Rhetoric as a Field of Study
    6. Writing and Rhetoric at Work

    Part II. Genres of Writing
    7. Arguing a Position / "This Is Where I Stand"
    8. Writing a Narrative / "Here’s What Happened"
    9. Writing Analytically / "Let’s Take a Closer Look"
    10. Reporting Information / "Just the Facts, Ma’am"
    11. Writing a Review / "Two Thumbs Up"
    12. Choosing Genres

    Part III. The Role of Argument
    13. Analyzing Arguments / Those You Read and Those You Write
    14. Strategies for Arguing / Comparisons, Examples, Humor, and More

    Part IV. Research
    15. Starting Your Research / Joining the Conversation
    16. Finding Sources, Considering Research Methods
    17. Keeping Track / Managing Information Overload
    18. Evaluating Sources
    19. Writing a Project Proposal
    20. Annotating a Bibliography
    21. Synthesizing Ideas / Moving from What Your Sources Say to What You Say
    22. Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
    23. Giving Credit, Avoiding Plagiarism
    24. MLA Style
    25. APA Style

    Part V. Style
    26. What’s Your Style?
    27. Tweets to Reports / Moving from Social Media to Academic Writing
    28. Meeting the Demands of Academic Writing / “It’s Like Learning a New Language
    29. How to Write Good Sentences
    30. Designing What You Write
    31. Checking for Common Mistakes

    Authors’ Resources
    32. Assembling a Portfolio
    33. Taking Advantage of the Writing Center
    34. Joining a Writing Group
    35. Publishing Your Work

    Author/Title Index
    Glossary / Index
    MLA and APA Directories

Author Videos

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