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We are an international community of writers, teachers, and researchers. We are passionate about helping people realize their potential as writers, collaborators, researchers, and thinkers (About).

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We organize articles alphabetically around nine Topics: Composing, Courses, Genre, Information Literacy, Mindset, Research, Rhetoric, Style, and Writing Studies (see How to Navigate Writing Commons).

Composing Process

Become more strategic and creative about how you manage writing tasks. Practice Invention, Writing with Sources, Collaboration, Design, Organization, Revision, and Editing

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Courses

View sample syllabi and projects from faculty who use Writing Commons: Fake News, Business Writing, Technical Writing, and Development English.

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Genre

Save time and jumpstart new writing projects by understanding the role of genre as a classification scheme for texts, a method of invention, and a trait of discourse communities, and a tool people use to respond strategically to recurring situations.

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Information Literacy

Avoid being duped. Learn to be a critical consumer and producer of information. Critically evaluate information (e.g, distinguish fake news from real news). Be aware of ethical and unethical uses of information, including plagiarism. Strategically weave sources into your text without undermining your purpose, voice or tone.

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Mindset

Assume responsibility for your writing development. Master the intrapersonal competencies prized by employers. Adopt a growth mindset, intellectual openness, metacognition and self-regulation, professionalism and work ethic, and resilience,

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Rhetoric

Understand rhetoric as a tool of learning, thinking, and communicating. Write and speak more effectively by developing substantive content that is responsive to your rhetorical situation. Develop point of view, rhetorical appeals, stance, persona, tone voice, and style in response to your rhetorical situation.

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Style

Strategically engage in the language practices of effective communicators:substantive prose, concision, clarity, flow, and unity. Distinguish between topic-focused, audience-focused, and rhetor-focused styles. Understand diction, grammar, and mechanics. Replace vague language with concrete, sensory, figurative language.

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Writing Studies

Learn to better manage writing tasks by familiarizing yourself with research on composing processes, assessment, grading, and learning theory. Become less rigid about how you develop ideas, collaborate with others, research claims, and publish in multiple media. Do a deep dive into theory that informs Writing Commons.

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