This is a fun-to-read guide to writing well. Learn how to write graceful, concise sentences, how to make your writing speak to readers, and how to add flair to your writing. Whether you write professionally or just for pleasure, you will learn tips that will enhance your writing for the rest of your life. The book contains 50 of LaRocque's best columns from 'Quill' magazine, the publication of the Society of Professional Journalists. It covers writing issues from how to build smooth sentences to how to incorporate quotes into your writing.
Paula LaRocque is best known for her regular columns on writing well in The Dallas Morning News, Quill magazine, APME News and other publications that reach a broad professional and consumer audience. She also spreads her writing knowledge through regular appearances on KDKA, the NPR affiliate radio station in Dallas, and other radio programs throughout North America. She is in high demand as a speaker at journalism and business writing events. She recently retired as the assistant managing editor and writing coach at The Dallas Morning News, where she had worked since 1981. She was a writing consultant for the Associated Press Washington Bureau from 1989 to 1993, and in 1993 she appeared in a PBS special, 'The Writing Coach: With Paula LaRocque'. She previously taught creative and journalistic writing at Western Michigan University, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University.