Renovating Your Writing: Shaping Ideas and Arguments into Clear, Concise, and Compelling Messages, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Renovating Your Writing

Shaping Ideas and Arguments into Clear, Concise, and Compelling Messages, 2nd Edition

By Richard Kallan


180 pages

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Renovating Your Writing outlines the principles of effective composition by focusing on the essential skill set and mindset every successful writer must possess. Now in its second edition, this novel text provides readers with unique strategies for crafting and revising their writing, whether for school, work, or play. The new edition emphasizes, in particular, the importance of the writer embracing a rhetorical perspective, distinguishing between formal and social media compositional styles, and appreciating the effort needed to produce clear, concise, and compelling messages.


"Without a doubt, this is the best book for improving one’s writing. Dr. Kallan focuses on big picture strategies and tactics while also providing methods and tips for composing sentences and paragraphs. Throughout the book, Dr. Kallan gives specific examples of what makes writing good and what makes writing bad. This book should be required reading for all. "

-Tina McCorkindale, CEO, Institute for Public Relations

Table of Contents



PART I Strategies, Tactics, and Tips

Chapter 1 Constructing Sentences

Chapter 2 Constructing Paragraphs and Pages

Chapter 3 Fortifying Sentences, Paragraphs, and Pages

Chapter 4 Adding the Finishing Touches


Chapter 5 Rating Your Readability

Chapter 6 Learning to Write Cogently

About the Author

About the Author

Richard Kallan chairs the Communication Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has taught writing at several colleges, including the University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Writing Program). Over the years, he has instructed courses spanning four disciplines: communication studies, journalism, English, and business.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation