Squeeze the Sponge: A No-Yawn Guide to College Writing uses Rhoda Janzen’s powerful, hilarious, and emotionally generous voice as an award-winning professor and bestselling author to offer undergraduate students an inspirational writing guide. This indispensable textbook is replete with hands-on activities, links to exemplary rhetorical and literary texts, and memorable tips to help students craft and refine their writing—in other words, “squeeze the sponge.” Janzen achieves something new: a textbook so lively and humorous that students will actually want to read it.
Rejecting the deficit model of instruction, Janzen meets students where they are to help them become better and more confident college writers through five unique textbook sections: “How to Write for College Assignments;” “How to Generate Good Stuff to Write About;” “How to Play the Grammar Game;” “Style Rescue;” and “An Ending with a Twist.”
Coming in 2018
- 978-0-9910375-9-9 (Interactive, $55.00)
- 978-0-9910375-8-2 (Print/Digital Bundle, $75.00)
Advance Reviews“This is a genuinely unique and wonderful text. It combines the intensely readable personal touch of the how-to writing handbook with the no-nonsense nuts-and-bolts of the freshman composition textbook. I enjoyed reading it and suspect most students will as well, and was struck throughout by the author’s powerful, consistently engaging voice: This is a composition textbook that is actually fun to read!”
– Ira Allen, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies at Northern Arizona University
“This text displays a remarkable voice and degree of engagement with the reader, built both from understandable anecdotes and the author’s own experiences. Its tone is decidedly non-textbook and this is to its great credit as a potential stand-out among prospective teachers of writing.”
– David Grant, Associate Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa
“The author makes herself known to the students. She has a strong voice and personality, writing from a first person P.O.V. rather than relying on a deceptive third-person impersonal ‘authority’ that distances readers. Best of all, the author works by building on what she knows students are already able to do.”
– Elizabeth Lowry, Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition, Arizona State University
Sample PDF ChapterThe sample chapter below is available as a static PDF document. The published book will be available on our interactive, web-based textbook platform, which will include the following features:
- Auto-graded quizzes at the end of each chapter;
- Collaborative discussion activities in real time;
- Numerous links to relevant online sources;
- Instructor PowerPoint presentations for each chapter.