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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 

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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)..."

Episode 11: Composing Creatively
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
stream below // download the mp3 // subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podigee Transcript available as a Google Doc here; check it out for more links, and feel free to comment on anything that needs comments. Part 1: Why this book? At the beginning of this episode, you'll hear me talk to Danita Berg, one of the co-editors of Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction. We discuss the different training that MFAs and PhDs in rhet/comp get, the need for this book, and where...
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