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First of all, I would like to extend a special thanks to all my friends at Unnamed Publisher for their faith, guidance, and support. Michael Boezi for taking a chance on this book and offering several helpful suggestions along the way, Pam Hersperger for guiding the development and for providing direction along with many kind words of support, and Lori Cerreto for carefully editing the text and helping me to clarify the main ideas. I couldn’t have finished the book without all of your help.

A big thanks to Jerry Farber for explaining and demonstrating the pedagogical ideals at the heart of this text and for reading earlier drafts and to Bill Covino for introducing me to rhetoric and composition pedagogy. I would also like to thank my colleagues who have read various drafts of this book and provided me with excellent feedback, especially Greg Rubinson, Teddi Chichester, Peggy Davis, and Bruce Beiderwell. Similarly, I would like to thank all of my students who have been using this book through its various stages of development. I deeply appreciate all of your enthusiastic comments, and, even more, the improvement you’ve made to your writing as a result of applying the lessons in this book.

I would also like to thank my friends and family who have helped me both directly and indirectly. Jen Parker, Liz Dickson, Lars Kenseth, Stan Wells, Dan Prosek, and all of my friends at the Empty Stage for helping me to keep a comic perspective. My parents, Dave and Rachael Lehmberg, for encouraging me throughout the writing of this book and for giving me confidence and loving guidance throughout my life. And most of all I would like to thank my wife, Tamar Christensen, for not only providing me with continued faith and support but also for helping me to develop and consider every single idea in this text.