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Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Writing Commons helps students improve their writing, critical thinking, and information literacy. Founded in 2008 by Joseph M. Moxley, Writing Commons is a viable alternative to expensive writing textbooks. Faculty may assign Writing Commons for their compositionbusiness, STEM/Technical Writing, and creative writing courses. 

Writing Commons houses seven main sections: Information Literacy | Research Methods & Methodologies | Writing Processes | Collaboration | Genres | New Media | Style 

The two best ways to navigate through Writing Commons are using the top menu navigation, called Open Text, or the left-hand navigation menu system.  

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An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice

An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice was conducted by Tamara Girardi

Stephanie Vanderslice photoStephanie Vanderslice's most recent book is Rethinking Creative Writing. With Dr. Kelly Ritter, she has also published Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates and Can It Really Be Taught: Rethinking Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy.  She publishes fiction, nonfiction and creative criticism and her work is represented by Pen and Ink Literary.  Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, her column, The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life appears regularly in the Huffington Post. In 2012 Dr. Vanderslice was named Carnegie Foundation/Case Association for the Support of Education US Professor of the Year for the state of Arkansas.

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The Art of the Pick-Up: Wooing Your Future Employer in the Cover Letter

The Art of the Pick-Up: Wooing Your Future Employer in the Cover Letter was written by Erin Trauth

On Wooing Your Audience (Or Not)

Imagine for a moment that you’re in the market for a new significant other. Well, good news: your friend, Imma MutualFriend, claims that she knows your perfect match and tells you all about this person. From what you’re told about this match, you’re interested too. Imma promises to connect you two soon.

Flash forward, and the time comes for you to meet this supposed match. At a party, Imma points you in their direction. With the goal of wooing this person with all of your wonderful qualifications, you approach your match.

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Digital Footprints: Public Writing and Social Identities

Digital Footprints: Public Writing and Social Identities was written by Cassandra Branham and Danielle Farrar

 

Mark Zuckerberg claimed in a 2010 interview that we all only have “one identity” (as cited in Mainwaring, 2010). But as we have witnessed social networking sites (SNSs) set up shop across vastly different communities for vastly different purposes, it has become clear that Zuckerberg cannot be right. While there may be similarities found in an individual’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ravelry profiles, the differing target audiences, interfaces, and SNS purposes make it easy for an individual to create and express a plurality of social identities.

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Establishing Your Professional Self: Résumé Writing

Establishing Your Professional Self: Résumé Writing was written by Cassandra Branham and Megan McIntyre

Compiling a résumé can feel like a daunting task. Just like essay writing, résumé creation works well as a process. Before worrying about the format of the résumé and where to place everything in a document, consider beginning by compiling an informal list of past and present work experience and education. Once you have a first draft, look at résumés in the field you are applying to, since every field has different standards and preferences. Remember: there are no one-size-fits all résumés. The key to constructing a polished résumé is tailoring your experience to the job to which you’re applying.

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Plugs Play Pedagogy Blog

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Kyle Stedman is assistant professor of English at Rockford University, where he teaches first-year composition, digital rhetoric, and creative writing. He studies rhetorics of sound, intellectual property, and fan studies. On QuizUp, his highest scores are in Lost (the TV show)..."

Episode 9: Podcasting with Students
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
stream below // download the mp3 // subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podigee Part 1: Podcasting Social Justice First, I interview Faith Kurtyka (@fmkurtyka) from Creighton University about a recent podcasting assignment she gave to students in the Cortina Community, a living-learning community at her school. We then hear an excerpt from one of the projects her students conducted: “The American System and Pay Inequality” by Vincent Salazar and Kaylee Stankus. You can hear their full episode and learn about all...
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