The reissued third edition of The Humble Essay introduces student writers to the basics of formal writing. It begins with five full chapters that explain how formal writing works - its purpose, paragraphing, grammatical sentences, formal punctuation, and careful word choice - and how formal writing is different from the informal writing that most of us produce. It then teaches students how to meet the expectations that come with formal writing with step by step coaching.
This unusual textbook is written in readable - some would say enjoyable language - so that students are more likely to actually read the book, learn these guidelines, and start to put them to use in their own writing. As one student says, "Honestly? It's the only textbook I've ever read from start to finish."