Scribblin’ for a Livin’

Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo

In August 1869, thirty-three-year-old journalist Samuel Clemens—or as he was known to the public as, Mark Twain—moved to Buffalo, New York. At the time, he had high hopes of establishing himself as a successful newspaper editor in the thriving metropolis at the western end of the Erie Canal.

In this engaging portrait of the famous author at a formative and important juncture of is life, Twain scholar Thomas J. Reigstad details the domestic, social, and professional experiences of Mark Twain while he lived in Buffalo. Based on years of researching historical archives, combing through microfilm, and even interviewing descendants of Buffalonians who knew Twain, Reigstad has uncovered a wealth of fascinating information.

The book draws a vivid portrait of Twain’s work environment at the Buffalo Morning Express. Colorful anecdotes about his colleagues and his quirky work habits, along with original Twain stories and illustrations not previously reprinted, give readers a new understanding of Twain’s commitment to full-time newspaper work.

Full of fascinating vignettes from the illustrious writer’s life as well as rare photographs, Scribblin’ for a Livin’ is essential reading for Mark Twain enthusiasts, students and scholars of American literature, and anyone with an interest in the history of Western New York.


Tutoring Writing

A Practical Guide for Conferences

When Don McAndrew and Tom Reigstad wrote Training Tutors for Writing Conferences, they provided such unique insight into the principles and practices of tutoring that the book was awarded "Best Publication" by the National Writing Centers Association. Now, more than a decade later, the authors have expanded and updated their classic monograph to make it even more useful and reflect new developments in research and theory.

No other book is quite so comprehensive. In addition to providing a thorough review of theory and research, Tutoring Writing offers a rich toolbox of tutoring tips, including:

  • practical guidelines for tutoring writers who are at various stages of the composing process—including predraft

  • concrete advice on how to tutor writers in specific settings

  • suggestions on how to tutor writers who present special challenges and represent diverse populations

  • time-tested tutoring models that have been developed by world-renowned educators

  • recommendations for conducting tutorials electronically—including online, fax, and phone

  • a syllabus for using the book to teach a writing tutor training course.

Tutoring Writing will appeal to anyone who uses writing as a tool for learning, especially in tutor-training courses, undergraduate and graduate level writing courses, and teaching-assistant preparation courses.

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