Structures: The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to College Essays, 2nd Edition

After nearly five years after the original, I’ve updated my college essay writing handbook. Updates include MLA style of documentation, new student models, and information about the rhetorical situation.

STRUCTURES: THE RELUCTANT WRITER’S GUIDE TO COLLEGE ESSAYS, 2ND EDITION, is a freshman composition handbook for those who dislike writing essays. Filled with straightforward information, easy-to-follow outlines, and essay examples, STRUCTURES, 2ND EDITION, demystifies college-level essay writing and gives the reluctant writer support and confidence in a life skill that isn’t always pleasant but is always necessary.

1: Invention & Prewriting
2: Arrangement
3: Researching and Documenting Sources
4: Drafting
5: Revision & Editing
6: Different Answers = Different Essays
7: Narration, with Description
8: Process
9: Division, with Exemplification
10: Comparison and/or Contrast
11: Classification, with Exemplification
12: Cause and Effect
13: Argumentation
14: The Mixed-Mode Essay
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Paperback: 133 pages
Publication Date: May 19, 2019
Language: English
ISBN-10: 11099281970
ISBN-13: 978-1099281976
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
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Free PDF version here.

About Rufel Ramos

RUFEL F. RAMOS is an English professor at Dallas College (a multi-campus community college in Dallas County, Texas) and a published author. She is also a survivor of a rigorous liberal arts education, a single mother, an aunt, a big sister, the oldest child, an adopted kid, an Asian-American, a US Navy brat, a bemused Catholic, a sci-fi/fantasy geek, a mediocre Maker of stuff, and a once-and-future globe trotter. She often writes on any and all of those roles on her blog, and her website,
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