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The Humble Argument



The Humble Argument is so much more than a writing textbook. It gives you tools, tips, and tricks that actually explain what a writer does. It doesn’t sugarcoat the process, or dumb down the very real challenges that entering a college writing space requires. This book is more like a friend. It’s the kind of friend that will coach you through a tough time and encourage you, and it will make you laugh while you go through it. It’s the kind of friend who holds your hair back when you’re sick of writing, and gives you the courage to try again.

Roy K. Humble is the kind of writing teacher who understands the struggle of learning how to write arguments like a college student, and doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. His lessons here are profound, but in the sense that they are delivered by someone who wants you to feel included in the conversation about what good college writing should be. He writes to students in language they can understand without becoming English majors, and with just enough humor to keep them reading. He writes for faculty, moving step by step through the unadorned guiding principles of effective formal writing so that faculty have a great framework on which to build their classes. Perhaps most importantly, Humble understands that the price of a book matters to students, so his books are affordable. From every perspective, Humble gets it.

The Humble Argument has students covered on these important topics:
• Understanding argument as an idea
• Grasping the stages of the writing process
• Organizing an argument around rhetorical principles
• Thinking for yourself as a college student
• Crafting a careful and clear thesis
• Gathering and synthesizing evidence to support a thesis
• Guiding readers through a thoughtful persuasive essay

Roy K. Humble also offers an online, expanded Humble Guide to Multimodal Communication.


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Roy K. Humble

Roy K. Humble is an adjunct writing instructor at several local community colleges. He’s been told by one of his deans that he “overshares,” so if you want to know charming details about his personal life, you’ll have to read the books.


"I learned that the best research questions are ones that I care about. Every paper I've written since has been better for that simple fact."

"These books don't just teach solid writing basics, they teach people to accept that writing isn't always fun, but you can make it more fun than before."

"If you really pay attention, this book explains how to write well for a reader who isn't your friend, but also how to communicate with people (and pets) who don't like you at all. Do all the work."