From a cultural history of the essay to incisive contemporary rethinking of its usefulness in the classroom, from guides on how to write a seminar paper to guides on how to assess them, Making the Grade offers desperately needed clarity on a complex genre. The contributions in this book should be standard for every first-semester graduate student and every first-semester professor who wants to prepare undergraduates for graduate-level writing or who wants to prepare graduate students for professional publication.
WINNER Education/Academic 2023 International Book Awards
The C.A.P.E. Crusade is a refreshingly new take on the College Application Personal Essay, Billy Lombardo provides a balance of broad guidance and nitty-gritty tips to help young writers craft meaningful essays in response to what can feel like an impersonal process.
Whether you’ve got a support team of dozens behind you, or you’re going at it completely on your own, this book will get you through every step of the process. The C.A.P.E. Crusade anticipates the mental blocks, myths, misconceptions, and missteps that college essayists face, while covering myriad topics not explored in other books on the college essay:
Myths, complaints, and challenges of the College Application Personal Essay
Characteristics of great personal essays
An inexhaustible list of essay topics
The C.A.P.E. idea-generation prompts
Getting Past the Reluctance to Reveal
Making Use of Team You
Peer editing as a teaching tool
Braiding together seemingly disconnected topics
Closing the gap between oral and written expression
Common (and flawed) approaches to the C.A.P.E.
Billy comes at this subject with decades of experience as a teacher, as a scholar deeply immersed in literature and creative writing, and as an author published in every genre from articles, reviews, interviews, and essays, to poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction, short stories, novels, and plays. An award-winning writer, Billy has helped hundreds of students from around the world create successful College Application Personal Essays.