Welcome. Writing Commons is an award-winning, peer-reviewed encyclopedia for writers, speakers, and knowledge workers . . . (see Our Story). We publish original articles on composing, composition, composition studies, rhetoric, literacy—and related matters of concern to writers, teachers, and researchers in Writing Studies. We are widely used in undergraduate courses, including composition, workplace writing, and creative writing. Since 2008, over 10.4 million users have consulted Writing Commons.

Collaboration

What is collaboration? How can I be a better collaborator? Review research and scholarship on collaboration. Explore the interpersonal competencies, the workforce competencies, that comprise collaboration.

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Design

What is design? How can design help me communicate clearly, persuasively? Review research and scholarship on design. Learn to use design thinking to develop texts, products, and services.

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Editing

What is editing? How can I avoid embarrassing copy-editing errors? Review research and scholarship on editing. Avoid embarrassing and potentially costly copy-editing errors. Earn higher grades in school and promotions at work.

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Evidence

What is evidence? Review research and scholarship on the uses of evidence. Explore how evidence can help you communicate more clearly and persuasively. Learn to reason with evidence in workplace and academic writing.

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Genre

What is genre? How does genre knowledge help with writing and reading? Review research and scholarship on genre. Explore how genre analysis informs interpretation and composing. Learn how to identify the appropriate genre, or remixing of genres, for a particular situation.

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Information Literacy

What is information literacy? How should I identify, find, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge information? Review research and scholarship on information literacy. Learn how to make evidence-based decisions.

Synonymous Terms: Data Information Literacy; Interpretation; Science Communication; STEM Literacy for Learning

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Invention

What is invention? How can I realize my creative potential? Review research and scholarship on invention. Explore how successful writers, entrepreneurs, and product developers manage their creative processes.

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Mindset

What is mindset? What habits of mind can improve my writing? Review research and scholarship on mindset. Learn to coach yourself, to avoid unnecessary negativity and anxiety when writing. Explore how to adopt the habits of mind employed by successful writers, entrepreneurs, and product managers.

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Organization

What is organization? Review research and scholarship on organization. Explore the organizational schemas that writers, speakers, knowledge workers . . . use to communicate.

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Research

What is research?  How can I use research to solve problems at work, school, and home? Review scholarship on research ethics and qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and textual research methods. Learn how research can help you develop new knowledge and new products and services.

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Revision

What is Revision? What does research and scholarship say about the best ways to revise my communications? How do I determine when revision is necessary or when it’s time to revise?  Learn how to systematize revision processes. Use our revision guidelines to improve your work.

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Rhetoric

What is rhetoric?  How can rhetoric help me with reading and writing? Review research and scholarship on rhetoric. Explore how can rhetoric help you interpret information and communicate more effectively. Avoid being duped by the rhetorician’s tricks of persuasion.

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Style

What is Style? How do I determine the most appropriate style to adopt when composing texts and designing apps, products, and services? How can principles of Flow, Coherence, Unity, Simplicity, Brevity, and Simplicity help me write with greater clarity? Learn to adopt different styles for different audiences and discourse communities.

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Writing Studies

What is Writing Studies? How can I learn from Writing Studies more flexible ways of composing texts? Learn about the research, theory, and scholarship that informs Writing Commons.

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