The idea for How to write what you want to say came from the Pat Hipwell's experiences with her own children, especially Elizabeth, who was pursuing tertiary studies at the time of writing.
Students struggle with putting into words what they want to say, especially when the "saying" involves writing. It has been Pat's experience that students need help to develop the language that mature writers use.
In these books there are sentence starters and key connectives that students use when demonstrating a particular writing skill. Language is the way it is because of the job that it does, and letting students into the secret of this makes a significant difference to the quality of the work they produce.