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Writing by Choice

Third Edition

Eric Henderson

Writing by Choice is a comprehensive resource for learning how to write for academic, business, and personal contexts that offers helpful guidelines without being formulaic. The text teaches students how to write clear, thoughtful prose by making informed decisions about how best to communicate their ideas. Writing by Choice remains the definitive volume for giving writers the tools they need to rise to every writing occasion.

Readership : First- and second-year university students taking introductory courses in English composition and essay writing.


  • "The text is comprehensive, up to date, logically organized, and sometimes even entertaining - no small feat for a writing guide. The exercises are very good, and the section on improving style is especially useful."
    --Matte Robinson, St. Thomas University
  • "This book is fully comprehensive and can serve as the sole required text in a composition/essay-writing course. The heavy use of Canadian examples in the reader section is highly welcome."
    --James Christian Parsons, University of Ottawa

List of Readings
From the Publisher
Part One: Rhetoric with Integrated Reader
1. Foundations: Reading and Thinking
2. The Writing Situation
3. Essay and Paragraph Essentials
4. Responding to Texts: Summaries and Analyses
5. The Argumentative Essay
6. The Literary Essay
Part Two: Research Guide
7. Writing a Research Essay
8. Documentation Styles
Part Three: Handbook
9. Achieving Clarity and Depth in Your Writing
10. Sentence Essentials
11. Punctuation and Apostrophes
12. Agreement, Pronouns, Modifiers, and Parallelism
Appendix A: Proofreading: Perfection is Possible
Appendix B: The In-Class Essay or Examination Essay
Appendix C: A Checklist for EAL Writers
Appendix D: Peer Edit Forms
Appendix E: Answers to Exercises

Instructor's Manual:
Chapter overviews
Review questions
Discussion starters
Collaborative exercises and activities
Answer key for select exercises
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
50 multiple choice questions
10 true-or-false questions
Student Study Guide:
Chapter summaries
Interactive quizzes
Links to additional online resources
E-Book (ISBN 9780199008629)

Eric Henderson is an active author with Oxford University Press Canada, where his other books include The Active Reader, 3e (2015), The Empowered Writer, 2e (2014), Becoming an Active Reader (2013), and Short Fiction & Critical Contexts (co-edited with J. Hancock, 2009). He has also published articles in leading journals such as Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, where his teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, and style.

The Active Reader - Eric Henderson
The Empowered Writer - Kathleen M. Moran and Eric Henderson
Becoming an Active Reader - Eric Henderson
Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin
The Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
Paperback Oxford Canadian Dictionary - Edited by Alex Bisset
Paperback Oxford Canadian Thesaurus - Edited by Robert Pontisso

Special Features

  • Developed expressly for composition courses taught in Canada, by a Canadian instructor with years of experience, this text offers a proven method for teaching students to become competent and confident writers.
  • Full-length sample student essays illustrate expressive, argumentative, expository, literary, and documentation styles, helping students apply key concepts to their own writing.
  • Accessible professional readings by working writers are on topics of particular interest to students and help them develop their own writing.
  • An abundance of in-text exercises - both individual and collaborative - help students hone their skills both independently and in a group setting where they can learn from each other.
  • An emphasis on the writer's choice promotes clear, independent thinking and gives students the tools to tackle any writing challenge.
  • Extensive coverage of critical thinking in the context of writing and reading encourages students to become active participants in their learning.
  • A Closer Look boxes provide an in-depth look at special topics such as achieving objectivity in academic writing; reading for style and tone; identifying irony; and many more.
  • Fast-Track boxes in the grammar chapters summarize complex rules and help students quickly grasp key grammatical principles.
  • Thorough coverage of grammar and style equips students with the building blocks of good writing.
  • Includes guidelines for avoiding plagiarism while helping students appreciate the seriousness of the issue.
  • Detailed peer edit forms help new writers become competent editors and proofreaders. (Appendix D)
  • Answer key enables students to monitor their progress as they work through the material. (Appendix E)
  • Up-to-date coverage of MLA, APA, and CMS styles helps students ensure accuracy in their documentation.
New to this Edition
  • Extensively revised for improved accessibility, including condensed content; more concise language; a new design and layout; and updated examples throughout.
  • Clearly divided into three parts - Rhetoric with Integrated Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook - making it easier to find specific content.
  • New academic and professional readings have been selected for currency and readability.
  • Three new appendices cover proofreading, the in-class essay, and a checklist for EAL writers. (Appendix A, B, C)
  • Marginal key terms help students understand the material as they encounter it and a NEW glossary provides all of these definitions in one place for quick reference.
  • Signpost margin notes provide cross-references for easier navigation.