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Textbook on Insightful Writing by A&M-Kingsville Professor, Former Student to be Used Throughout Country

KINGSVILLE - February 18, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Book signing on A&M-Kingsville campus Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

A textbook on writing by a Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor and his former student has been picked up for distribution by Houghton Mifflin Co., a leading U.S. educational publisher, and will be used by more than 20 colleges and universities across the country.

Dr. David Sabrio, professor of English, and Dr. Mitchel Burchfield of Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) are authors of the book Insightful Writing, a textbook on college-level writing designed for both teachers and students.

The authors will sign copies of the book at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, located in the A&M-Kingsville Memorial Student Union Building on Santa Gertrudis Avenue at University Boulevard, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.

“The book is the culmination of over 30 years’ experience in teaching,” said Sabrio.

Insightful Writing is written mainly for the first semester college writing course and the highest level developmental writing course. But it also can be used in a second semester course because of its chapters on argument, research and additional readings.”

Besides higher education, Sabrio said the book works with senior-level college preparation high school writing courses, or with anyone who wants to learn how to improve writing effectiveness.

The book features lessons from Sabrio and Burchfield, readings by respected modern authors and essays written by A&M-Kingsville students as examples of effective college-level work.

Currently, Burchfield is professor of education and director of the Academic Center for Excellence at SWTJC. He is a former master’s student under Sabrio. It was then, fifteen years ago, the two of them first had the idea for a book that offers lessons on college-level writing.

In 2001, Sabrio and Burchfield finished their book, printed it themselves and started using Steps to Insightful Writing in their respective A&M-Kingsville and SWTJC classrooms in fall 2002. A year later, the book caught the eye of a Houghton Mifflin sales representative, and that led to Insightful Writing, a revised version of the original book, expanded by Sabrio and Burchfield to more than twice its original length.

Since its release in January 2008, Houghton Mifflin is projecting sales of 15,000 copies and has commitments from more than 20 colleges and universities. Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the U.S. with more than $1 billion in annual sales.

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