Writing well is just a step away! Join the thousands of students who have learned to write well with Jean Wyrick's clear, thoughtful advice. STEPS TO WRITING WELL, Thirteenth Edition, is the ultimate step-by-step guide to writing effective academic essays. Wyrick offers friendly, practical guidelines for composing different types of essays, with discussion of everything from choosing a topic to developing an essay to polishing your prose. New "Visualizing the Process" flowcharts provide at-a-glance summaries of the steps for completing each of the major assignments in the text; many new professional readings and sample essays offer useful models for academic writing and also touch on engaging topics intended to spark ideas for your own writing. A wealth of exercises, group activities, and longer assignments provide additional essay topic ideas and opportunities to apply and review what you are learning. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.