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Part I. Basics/Process

  A. Chapters 1-6: Start

  B. Ch. 7-13: Organize

  C. Ch. 14-20: Revise/Edit

Part II. College Writing

   D. Ch. 21-23: What Is It?

   E. Ch. 24-30: Write on Rdgs.

   F. Ch.31-35: Arguments

  G. Ch. 36-42: Research

  H. Ch. 43-48: Literature

   I.  Ch. 49-58: Majors & Work

Part III. Grammar

 Study Questions



AUTHORS has been written and edited primarily by Richard Jewell.  However, this online textbook also has been a collaborative work. Thanks especially to the many students who have contributed their exemplary sample essays and other writings.  In addition, several instructors have contributed excellent chapters or other additions. 


Authors & Editors  with Links to Their Contributions:

Richard Jewell, Inver Hills Community College

Paul Borzo, Metropolitan State University

Minnesota Community Colleges

Suzanne Drapeau Morley, Oakland University

Lynette Reini-Grandell, Normandale Community College

Brenda Wentworth, St. Cloud State University

JoAnn Dahl


Others Quoted Significantly with Links to Their Contributions:

Peter Elbow

Phil Keith, St. Cloud State University (Emeritus)

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University

And with thanks to the following:

Chris Anson for his general support and his concept of "reader response"

Toby Fulwiler for his general support and his groundwork in writing across the curriculum

Cynthia Selfe for her continuing reminders to pay attention to multimodal methods

Photo & Image Credits:

All peacock drawings come from one original, free image by Philip Martin at, downloaded to this website July 2012.  The image may be used freely if he is given credit.

The peacock photo in the "Sentences" chapter is a free picture first uploaded 2005 by Moshe Ash at  It may be used freely if he is given credit.

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About Richard Jewell, Main Author and Editor

            Welcome to WritingforCollege!  Two activities I especially love are teaching and writing.  I count myself very lucky to be able to combine both of them in this textbook!  I developed the first five chapters in 1984, shortly after I started teaching college writing.  It has continued to grow.  I first moved the printed text to the Web in 1998.  During a sabbatical (a year off from teaching for academic research) in 2003-4, I expanded and reorganized it to make it more Web friendly--more visual and interactive (with parts connecting to each other and to the Web by links).  In that year, I also began inviting others to help me write it.  Their names appear above.  

            I have taught college writing for over twenty years with training and experience in a variety of settings.  I started working as a freelance magazine writer and also taught part time at St. Cloud State University and several other colleges.  I found I enjoyed teaching more than freelancing, and eventually I took a full-time position at the University of Minnesota as a composition specialist.  In 2001, Inver Hills College offered me a tenure-track (lifetime) position in its English Department, which I accepted.  Inver Hills is a community college in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  It has a very strong and extensive writing program.  It is a member of the largest post-secondary system in the country, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

I have taught first-year college composition over one hundred times, and I still enjoy it.  I also have taught many other types of writing courses: research writing; developmental or basic writing; creative, business, and technical writing; intermediate and advanced expository writing; writing about literature; writing for publication; and a variety of upper-division professional writing courses such as writing for the health sciences, writing about science, writing for engineers, and writing in the social sciences.  I have another online Web book, Experiencing the Humanities, and as a freelance writer and an academic writer, I have had over one hundred publications of my magazine articles, stories, scholarly essays, photographs, and even a few poems.  


I also am the creator and editor of the Online Grammar Handbook, a grammar resource directory started at the University of Minnesota in 2000, thanks to a university computer technology grant.  it was most recently revised and extended in 2012 as a sabbatical project, as was this book, Writing for College. The Online Grammar Handbook is arranged like a grammar handbook, with lists of links for each subject.  The links lead to many hundreds of web text and video sites around the world that provide grammar help in English. 


Most recently (2008), much of my energy has been devoted to co-founding (with Donald Ross of the University of Minnesota) and volunteering as General Coordinator of MnWE  (Minnesota Writing & English), an annual conference, listserv, and monthly newsletter serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas.


If you would like to see additional details--including my resume, photo, email address, and a sample of my fiction, please visit my  professional Web site,  (If you are one of my students at Inver Hills College, you may want to know that I have placed this Web site link at the top left on every page of so you can always find your way back quickly to the home page of our course.)  


If you are a student or writing instructor interested in further details about my teaching and scholarly activities, they include publication of about a dozen academic essays (juried and non-juried) and several dozen presentations at national (MLA and CCCC), regional, state, and MnSCU conferences.   One of my academic essays, coauthored with Chris Anson, appeared as the lead essay in a collection that won a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Book of the Year Award in 2003, and my fiction and creative nonfiction have received regional honors.  I also have provided system-wide WAC training to instructors in MnSCU.  At the University of Minnesota, I taught primarily upper-division and professional-writing courses as part of the legacy of the nationally lauded (and now reorganized) UMN Program in Composition, and I coordinated a grant-assisted revision of the University of Minnesota English Department's Composition Program Web Site as it existed 1999-2005.  My current areas of specialization include academic Web development and online instruction, writing across the curriculum, and writing in the disciplines.  To see a complete curriculum vita, please go to


Welcome again to  I do hope you find it enjoyable and useful.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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Updated 26 July 2013

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1st through 5th Editions:: Writing for School & Work, 1984-1998;, 1998-2012.
6th Edition: 8-1-12, rev. 8-1-13.  Text, design, and photos copyright 2002-12 by R. Jewell or as noted.
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