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Meadow Field File Tote

Meadow Field File Tote

$20.00
You will have to smile as you organize and file your papers with Galison's sunny Meadow Field File Tote. It's made of extremely durable paper, so you can take it anywhere.
New Oxford Style Manual (not returnable)

New Oxford Style Manual (not returnable)

$39.95
The New Oxford Style Manual brings together two essential reference works in a single volume: New Hart's Rules and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors.
New Hart's Rules, Oxford's definitive guide to style, consists of 20 chapters that provide authoritative and expert advice on how to prepare copy for publication. Topics covered include how to use italic, roman, and other type treatments, numbers and dates, law and legal references, illustrations, notes and references, and bibliographies. The guidelines are complemented by the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, which features 25,000 alphabetically arranged entries giving authoritative advice on those words and names which raise questions time and time again because of spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, or cultural and historical context. Entries give full coverage of recommended spellings, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations.
The dictionary also includes superb appendices for quick reference including proofreading marks, countries and currencies, and alphabets. Combining these two works and drawing on the unrivalled research and expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, New Oxford Style Manual is an essential part of every editor's and writer's toolkit.
Random House Webster's Pocket Spanish Dictionary

Random House Webster's Pocket Spanish Dictionary

$9.99
Perfect for Spanish students, businesspeople, and travelers.

Part of the popular pocket dictionary series from Random House Webster, Random House Webster's Pocket Spanish Dictionary has been completely revised and expanded to include hundreds of new words and meanings not in previous editions, and includes:

new words from technology, popular culture, and more
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) pronunciations for words in both languages
Over 50,000 definitions, in separate Spanish-English and English-Spanish sections with hundreds of new words and meanings
the same convenient content and format, just right for students, travelers, and anyone on the go.

Ready, Set, Novel! : A Workbook

Ready, Set, Novel! : A Workbook

$16.95
This writer's block-busting workbook from the team behind National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) guides authors through planning and plotting a novel before writing it from the initial idea generation and brainstorming through character, setting, and story development. Full of helpful lists, plot maps, character Q&As, field trips, writing exercises, inspiring quotes, and plenty of space to write and outline, Ready, Set, Novel! provides ample inspiration and guidance to first-time novelists and more seasoned scribes alike.
Who Said What?

Who Said What?

Bauer, Susan Wise
$15.95

Is Yahoo Answers a good source for your History essay? How about InfoWars? How do you include another person's ideas in your work without stealing them? Should you cite an Instagram post as a source, and if so, how do you do it? Who Said What? provides students from middle school through college (along with bloggers, writers, and others who need to write with accuracy and clarity) with a reliable, friendly guide through the often bewildering process of research, writing, and documentation.


Drawing on years of teaching, research, and writing experience, Kayla Meyers teaches you how to evaluate the trustworthiness of a source, how to use it without stealing it, how to properly credit its creator, and why all of this even matters. With contemporary examples and the step-by-step explanations that made Susan Wise Bauer's Writing With Skill series so popular, Who Said What? will become an essential resource for young writers.

Murder Your Darlings

Murder Your Darlings

Clark, Roy Peter
$16.99
From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.

With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Stephen King would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics -- Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself?

Thankfully, your search is over. In Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark, who has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer Prize winners alike for more than thirty years, has compiled a remarkable collection of more than 100 of the best writing tips from fifty of the best writing books of all time.

With a chapter devoted to each key strategy, Clark expands and contextualizes the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills. An invaluable resource for writers of all kinds, Murder Your Darlings is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.

Writer's Compass

Writer's Compass

Dodd, Nancy Ellen
$19.99
Map out your idea and finish your story in 7 stages!

This book will show writers how to develop their ideas into a finished novel by working through it in 7 stages, while learning how to mapping out their story's progress and structure so they can evaluate and improve their work. It teaches writers to visualize their story's progress with a story map that helps them see all the different components of their story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what's missing.

The book simplifies Aristotle's elements of good writing (a.k.a. that each story should have a beginning, a middle and an end) into easily applicable concepts that will help writers improve their craft. The author helps readers strengthen their work by teaching them how to focus on one aspect of their story at a time, including forming stories and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. Thought-provoking questions help writers more objectively assess their story's strengths and weaknesses so they may write the story they want to tell.

Complete Plain Words Not Returnable

Complete Plain Words Not Returnable

Gowers, Ernest
$19.95
This classic guide to the intricacies of the English language provides clear, succinct explanations of such topics as jargon, spelling, punctuation, superfluous words, the overuse or misuse of words, sexist language and the ground rules of grammar.
Creating Confident Writers

Creating Confident Writers

Hicks, Troy
$27.95

Connecting their classroom experience to research about writing, as well as to framing documents in the field, two seasoned writing teachers distill the lessons they've learned about creating confident adolescent and young adult writers. Troy Hicks and Andy Schoenborn outline a fundamental stance to their approach--to invite, encourage, and celebrate students' writing--that is then echoed in the book's three-part structure. There are numerous classroom activities and assignments on topics from creating writing goals to supporting revision, examples of student work, and questions to guide teachers' reflections.

In this book for any teacher of writing, from middle school through college, readers are invited to try strategies and allow students' voices to emerge, while discussing with colleagues how these approaches might work for them, too.

Before and After the Book Deal

Before and After the Book Deal

Maum, Courtney
$16.95
Everything you've ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide written by an acclaimed author.

There are countless books on the market about how to write better but very few books on how to break into the marketplace with your first book. Cutting through the noise (and very mixed advice) online, while both dispelling rumors and remaining positive, Courtney Maum's Before and After the Book Deal is a one-of-a-kind resource that can help you get your book published.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including international bestselling authors Anthony Doerr, Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Ko, R. O. Kwon, Rebecca Makkai, and Ottessa Moshfegh, alongside cult favorites Sarah Gerard, Melissa Febos, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Mira Jacob.

Agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors also weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry. Their wisdom will help aspiring authors find a foothold in the publishing world and navigate the challenges of life before and after publication with sanity and grace.

Are MFA programs worth the time and money? How do people actually sit down and finish a novel? Did you get a good advance? What do you do when you feel envious of other writers? And why the heck aren't your friends saying anything about your book? Covering questions ranging from the logistical to the existential (and everything in between), Before and After the Book Deal is the definitive guide for anyone who has ever wanted to know what it's really like to be an author.

Doug says: 1. Great insiders view of publishing for general readership. 2. Perfect for writers with a debut in their sights. 3. Wonderful for booksellers learning about the industry.