About the Author(s)
Kurt Schick is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University.
Laura Schubert is Instructor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University. She is also a faculty member in James Madison University's Writing Center.
"As I was reviewing this text, I kept imaging how well the "Consider This," "Try This," and "What's Next" exercises would work. They are relevant and practical. Many composition texts suggest exercises, but more often than not these suggestions are tantamount to college-level busy work. So What?'s exercises are ready-made for the college composition course."
--Eloise A. Whisenhunt, Young Harris College
-Kim Gainer, Radford University
"The accessible and fun style is compelling, as are the overall structure and range of topics that initiate students into academic culture."
--Greg Winston, Husson University
"The book's versatility is important. This is a text that Biology, Business, and English majors alike can not only can learn from but apply in their studies and in their everyday lives."
--Tyler Fleming, University of Louisville
"I mistakenly thought that this text would be just like They Say I Say, but I was wrong. This text is more engaging, more provocative, and more comprehensive."
--Kristi Costello, Arkansas State University
So What?... incorporates writing for different audiences and different purposes, rather than just argumentative academic papers. This book also focuses on engaging students in debatable and controversial subjects, and it can help students develop research topics.
It covers a wide range of the types of writing students engage in, while also emphasizing all of the different steps of the writing process, including reading and drafting. I also think the tone, examples used, and brevity of the chapters would encourage students to engage with the book beyond just fulfilling a reading assignment.
-Catherine Staley, Marshall University