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Many students dread writing essays because no one has bothered to break down the process in a clear, down-to-earth fashion. Writing Matters is the remedy. This revised second edition improves on the first by presenting actual student essays for classroom discussion and by expanding the section on editing. Award-winning English Professor Peter G. Beidler offers solid advice that includes, in part: how to find a topic, what constitutes a bold thesis, how to select and organize evidence, what to include in an introduction, how to develop a voice, and how to doctor a sickly paragraph. Although originally written for first-year university students learning composition, Writing Matters has also been invaluable to ESL students and those in high school preparing for the SATs.