Writing Well: The Essential Guide

Published : Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Little Red Writing Book comes out this July–August in the United States and United Kingdom—indeed, across the English-speaking world. Cambridge University Press is publishing it, and they’re calling it Writing Well: The Essential Guide.

Although Writing Well is essentially the same book as The Little Red Writing Book, I’ve moderated its Australian accent, tightened the writing here and there, adopted US spelling, punctuation and style, and substituted British and American examples for a few Australian pieces that might have been obscure beyond the antipodes. Before anyone asks, it wasn’t me who changed the title: believe it or not, someone already had my original title in use in the States. Everyone’s hoping that the book finds the same readership in the rest of the world it continues to find in Australia—practising and aspiring writers, and that it breaks into the college market.

These endorsements might help:

“Reading this book is the next best thing to participating in a workshop taught by one of the wisest, most gifted and ingenious writing teachers you could hope to find—precisely what Mark Tredinnick is.” (Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food)

“Mark Tredinnick has written the perfect, practical “how to” book on writing well.  This book breaks writing down into manageable units of craft; at the same time, it demonstrates how one writing strategy builds upon another as a piece of writing evolves toward an integral, cohesive whole.  Generous in both rhetorical aesthetic and technical approaches, the author offers excellent, focused writing exercises in the “Try This” sections of each chapter. This is a writing book that entices and empowers the reader/writer rather than making the creative process daunting.” (Laurie Kutchins, Slope of the Child Everlasting)

“Most writing advice is fatuous, coma-inducing, stuffed-shirtish, elephantine, and utterly useless. Mark’s book is funny, pointed, lean, friendly, and useful. It matters. It’s fun to read. It made me jump up and run to the typewriter and tell tall tales as fast as my fingers would fly.” (Brian Doyle, Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices)