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Cristie Cowles Charles, Nicole Clawson, Brooke Downs, Laura Dutson, Brian Jackson, Jill Larsen, Jon Ostenson, Julie Haupt, Brittany Passmore, and Elise Silva


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Thank you to the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University for the generous grant funding they provided and for their mission to support the creation of Open Educational Resources for BYU students. We are grateful for the support and guidance we received from BYU's Digital Learning Services Librarian Michael Whitchurch throughout this project. 
We similarly thank BYU's General Education program and the English Department for their generous Matching Grants that also funded the development of this book and its sister book Advanced Writing.


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This book is dedicated to the unsung heroes who teach university writing courses--most of whom are adjunct faculty with full family lives and outside responsibilities--who often juggle heavy grading loads, shared offices, and uncertain professional futures in order to do what we love: teach. This textbook comes from that same labor of love. It's also dedicated to our vibrant students who make our efforts worth it. Thanks also to our departments who support us and our colleagues who encourage us. Most especially, this book is dedicated to our families who sacrificed significantly for us to add this worthy workload to our plates and to God who directed our paths.

--Cristie Cowles Charles, Editor


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