Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Our mission is to help college students improve their writing, research, and critical thinking. We publish a variety of webtexts on writing pedagogy. Major topics include Writing Processes, Information Literacy, Research Methods & Methodologies, Collaboration, Genres, Style, and New Media. Writing Commons publishes a monthly newsletter, unCommon News.
Students in a variety of writing courses may use Writing Commons, including composition, business writing, STEM/technical writing, and creative writing. Writing Commons sponsors the Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award for the best original OER published by Writing Commons. Last year’s winner was Andrea Scott for her webtext, Formulating a Thesis.
In 2013, 1,277,591 users visited Writing Commons, averaging 5,000 users a day during the latter months of the year. In the first six months of 2014, over 500,000 visitors have visited. Widely adopted, Writing Commons is used by worldwide by numerous institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Duke University, Malmö University, and the University of Tartu.
We are fortunate to have a team of volunteers who work hard to make our commons project a popular, global resource. The Editorial Board and the Advisory Board, composed of distinguished academics, review submissions on a rolling basis. In the first round of peer review, submissions are reviewed by our Staff. Reviews are conducted by our Review Editors. Members of the Editorial Board serve primarily in an advisory capacity, yet they may also review submissions.
For the 2014/15 academic year, we are launching a new initiative: My Campus, a magazine featuring exemplary undergraduate student writing.
Original webtexts published by Writing Commons are licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 NC ND. In addition, Writing Commons reprints works with permission and publishes some works under a CC 3.0 SA.
Keep up with Writing Commons using your favorite social-media sites.
Writing Commons has its own Facebook site, where we keep our status and postings relevant to the latest site information, as well as news about the greater Open Education Resource community.
Writing Commons is also available on Twitter using @writingcommons and #writingcommons.
Writing Commons's tweets consist of answers to students' most common writing questions, such as "What's a paragraph supposed to have?" and "What's an argument, again?" Each tweet is hyper-linked to our Writing Commons blog, where Writing Commons staff provides succinct, accessible answers and helpful examples.