The Submission Stage

Writing Better Essays - A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure, and Coherence (second edition) - David L. Rogers

David L. Rogers [+-]
Kingston University, London
David L. Rogers is Emeritus Senior Fellow at Kingston University, London, having previously been Head of the School of Humanities at Kingston and Director of the Kingston Writing School. Having earned his PhD in American Literature at Rutgers University, he taught English and American literature, essay writing, composition and grammar, rhetoric, creative writing and journalism in universities in the US and the UK before retiring from Kingston in 2018 after twenty-five years there. He now runs the annual Athens International Creative Writing Summer School in partnership with the British Council.


Chapter 5 offers students practical if unconventional advice about punctuation. Based on the premise that the majority of mistakes that students make result from their lack of knowledge of the rules of punctuation and that most essay writing courses do not have the time to teach those rules effectively, the central advice of the chapter is for students to avoid using any forms of punctuation, principally commas, semi-colons and colons, other than periods or full stops unless and until they know precisely why they are using those forms and are certain that they are using them correctly (exceptions include quotation marks).

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Rogers, David. The Submission Stage. Writing Better Essays - A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure, and Coherence (second edition). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2023. ISBN 9781781798348. Date accessed: 13 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36968. Jan 2023

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