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Call for Articles: Creative Writing

Invitation to Contribute

Award-winning Writing Commons, a global, peer-reviewed, open-education resource for college students invites the submission of creative writing articles intending to help college students to understand the concepts of creative writing and to improve their writing practice.


The readership for your article/submission includes undergraduate students in creative writing courses. To address such an audience, avoid difficult theories or complex discussions of research and issues or detailed discussions of pedagogy; rather, consider the interests and perspectives of students, with various levels of expertise, working through college-level creative writing projects.


The typical Writing Commons submission will be approximately 750 to 1,000 words long, although longer webtexts may be submitted. For longer pieces, the use of headings within the piece is highly encouraged.


Please email submissions to Quentin Vieregge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a doc or docx. Authors should include a brief byline and email. Any included citations should follow the current edition of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. The incorporation of multimedia components is also encouraged (e.g., images, hyperlinks). For more details, see our guide for authors.


Because webtexts are more concise than traditional academic essays, we intend to have a quick turn-around time; from initial submission to notification of the submission’s status, please allow approximately four weeks.

Submission Topics


  • Writing Fiction – an overview
  • Point of view
  • Concrete vivid details/images
  • A story’s arc
  • Voice
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Tone and style
  • Characterization
  • What your character wants
  • Dialogue
  • Tension
  • Scenes and summary
  • Flashbacks (and flashforwards)
  • Metaphor and analogy
  • Beginning and endings
  • Flash fiction
  • The long story



  • Writing creative nonfiction – an overview – by Ira Sukrungruang
  • Creative nonfiction forms
    • Memoir
    • Personal essay
    • Travel narrative
    • Nature essay
    • Scientific writing
    • Literary journalism
  • The tenets of narrative
    • Voice
    • Setting
    • What your character wants
    • What your narrator wants
    • Dialogue
    • Writing exposition and the retrospective voice
    • Considering the double “I”



  • Writing poetry – an overview
  • Where do poems originate?
  • The major forms of poetry
    • Acrostic
    • Ballad
    • Cinquain
    • Clerihew
    • Diamante
    • Didactic
    • Free verse
    • Ghazal
    • Haiku
    • Limerick
    • Sestina
    • Sonnet
    • Villanelle
  • Creating images
  • Lines and stanzas
  • Meter and rhythm
  • Sounds of language
  • Metaphor



  • Writing Plays – an overview – by Mark E. Leib
  • Action and plot
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Concept
  • Stage directions



  • Writing films – an overview – by Mark E. Leib
  • Action and plot
  • Characterizations
  • Dialogue
  • Format
  • Description


Digital Creative Writing

  • Considering Digital Writing – an overview
  • Other topics are open for consideration