Mike Palmquist


"I absolutely love the conversation metaphor approach! While in some ways I use this approach in my composition classes, this handbook gives me the tools for extending the metaphor and helping students to visualize that writing is a social action that doesn't have to be painful but rather enjoyable, useful, and relevant."—Patricia Cullinan, Truckee Meadows Community College

"[The authors have] nailed the style that invites students into the writing process as peers."—Clark Draney, College of Southern Idaho

"Established author and professional editor as collaborators provide a unique approach to teaching students that writing goes beyond academia." —Jason Ziebart, Central Carolina Community College


"The Bedford Researcher is, hands-down, the best and most comprehensive resource for my composition students. It offers a unique and useful approach to writing and research that informs and supports students throughout their academic experience." 
—Andrea Bewick, Napa Valley College

"More than just a handbook, The Bedford Researcher teaches students to dig deep into a topic or issue, develop a strong argumentative position, and use researched-supported logic to write a persuasive essay."
—Ruthe Thompson, Southwest Minnesota State University

"I've described it as a life saver before. Because it takes the student through the process step-by-step, it's a built-in scaffold." 
—Elizabeth Kent, Auburn University at Montgomery

“Clear, practical, well-organized, and useful for anyone from a first-year student to an advanced researcher. I've even used some of Palmquists's activities in my own research.”  
—James Crane, The College of St. Scholastica

Joining the Conversation really leads students to the cutting edge of research in the field of writing studies: Rhetoric is front and center, as are design and genre. Purpose and audience are key.” – Van Piercy, Lone Star College—Tomball
“This book approaches writing in the best Burkean sense as a way of joining a conversation, encouraging students to explore what has already been said as they consider what needs to be said.” – Janice Walker, Georgia Southern University

Mike Palmquist