Menu

A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

How to use Writing Commons?

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.  

Read more...

The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

1029679518 [{"id":"13","title":"Dances with Dialogue: The Difficulty of Speaking by David Kranes ","votes":"9","pct":"3.85","type":"x","order":"1","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"13","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/creative-writing\/playwriting\/1135-dances-with-dialogue-the-difficulty-of-speaking"}]},{"id":"14","title":"Why Meet with a Writing Tutor? By: Sarah Pittock","votes":"31","pct":"13.25","type":"x","order":"2","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"14","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/collaboration\/peer-review\/1140-why-meet-with-a-writing-tutor"}]},{"id":"15","title":"Power in the \u201cBlack Stuff By: Laura L. Beadling","votes":"1","pct":"0.43","type":"x","order":"3","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"15","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/creative-writing\/1142-power-in-the-black-stuff"}]},{"id":"16","title":"Synthesis Notes: Working With Sources To Create a First Draft by: Erika Szymanski ","votes":"2","pct":"0.85","type":"x","order":"4","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"16","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/writing-processes\/focus\/1144-synthesis-notes-working-with-sources-to-create-a-first-draft"}]},{"id":"17","title":"An Interview With Timons Esaias by Tamara Girardi","votes":"0","pct":"0.00","type":"x","order":"5","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"17","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/creative-writing\/creative-writing-interviews\/1152-an-interview-with-timons-esaias"}]},{"id":"18","title":"Understanding URLs by Christine Photinos","votes":"4","pct":"1.71","type":"x","order":"6","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"18","value":"http:\/\/www.writingcommons.org\/open-text\/information-literacy\/library-and-internet-research\/1175-understanding-urls"}]},{"id":"19","title":"Scientific Memos by Lee Ann Hodges","votes":"30","pct":"12.82","type":"x","order":"7","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"19","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/stem-technical-writing\/scientific-memos"}]},{"id":"20","title":"Creating \u201cViral\u201d Impressions: Composing ","votes":"76","pct":"32.48","type":"x","order":"8","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"20","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/stem-technical-writing\/1194-creating-viral-impressions-composing-infographics-for-the-classroom-and-work-space"}]},{"id":"21","title":"LinkedIn: Are You Making the Key Connections? by: Laura Palmer","votes":"3","pct":"1.28","type":"x","order":"9","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"21","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/stem-technical-writing\/1197-linkedin-are-you-making-the-key-connections"}]},{"id":"22","title":"Professional and Technical Communication: An Overview by: Julie Gerdes ","votes":"6","pct":"2.56","type":"x","order":"10","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"22","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/2013-12-30-04-56-15\/2014-02-04-20-46-53\/professional-technical-communication-an-overview"}]},{"id":"23","title":"Annotated List of Useful Professional and Technical Communication Resources By: Rachel Tanski","votes":"3","pct":"1.28","type":"x","order":"11","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"23","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/2013-12-30-04-56-15\/2014-06-19-14-38-15\/annotated-list-of-useful-professional-and-technical-communication-resources"}]},{"id":"24","title":"Practicing Intercultural Communication by: Laura Ewing","votes":"53","pct":"22.65","type":"x","order":"12","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"24","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/2013-12-30-04-56-15\/2014-02-04-20-46-53\/practicing-intercultural-communication"}]},{"id":"25","title":"Professional and Technical Writing Processes: Planning by Angela Eward-Mangione","votes":"0","pct":"0.00","type":"x","order":"13","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"25","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/2013-12-30-04-56-15\/2014-02-04-20-46-53\/professional-and-technical-writing-processes-planning"}]},{"id":"26","title":"Professional and Technical Writing Processes: Composing by Angela Eward-Mangione","votes":"3","pct":"1.28","type":"x","order":"14","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"26","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/professional-business-and-technical-writing\/professional-and-technical-writing-processes-composing"}]},{"id":"27","title":"You-Centered Business Style by Angela Eward-Mangione","votes":"2","pct":"0.85","type":"x","order":"15","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"27","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/professional-business-and-technical-writing\/you-centered-business-style"}]},{"id":"28","title":"Writing a Short Story by Julie Nichols ","votes":"2","pct":"0.85","type":"x","order":"16","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"28","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/creative-writing\/fiction\/1205-writing-a-short-story"}]},{"id":"29","title":"How are Your Sources Using Sources? by Ryan Dippre","votes":"1","pct":"0.43","type":"x","order":"17","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"29","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/professional-business-and-technical-writing\/business-writing-in-action\/1217-how-are-your-sources-using-sources"}]},{"id":"30","title":"Get in Writing: New Survey Reveals Paradoxes About Workplace Writers","votes":"1","pct":"0.43","type":"x","order":"18","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"30","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/professional-business-and-technical-writing\/business-writing-in-action\/1216-get-it-in-writing-new-survey-reveals-paradoxes-about-workplace-writers"}]},{"id":"31","title":"Audience Analysis: Primary, Secondary, and Hidden Audiences","votes":"7","pct":"2.99","type":"x","order":"19","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"31","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/professional-business-and-technical-writing\/1218-audience-analysis-primary-secondary-and-hidden-audiences"}]}] ["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"] sbar 200 200 /comm-polls-home-layout/vote/3-best-webtext-of-2014 No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...

The Aaron Swartz Story

Photos on this page courtesy of University of Pennsylvania, University Communications.

Plugs Play Pedagogy Blog

"

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)..."

Using Creative Commons to Make Stuff
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
  Produced and recorded by Kyle Stedman (plugsplaypedagogy@writingcommons.org; @kstedman), assistant professor of English at Rockford University, in cooperation with KairosCast and Writing Commons. Transcript is available here. My original plan was to find cool stuff for you to listen to that other people had posted--a curated collection of content from all my favorite sites. But as I dug into the advance searches of these sites and explored the various flavors of Creative Commons licenses, I knew that that&n...
Continue Reading...