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 unCommon News

 A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community.

 Issue 1, March 9, 2012

Allow us to introduce ourselves:

unCommon News” is the monthly newsletter for Writing Commons, an open-education resource designed as a creative space for writers and writing educators.

At Writing Commons we are committed to the belief that crowds of people can—and will—come together to create “emergent” knowledge that is richer and more democratic than individuals alone could create. In the effort to foster a commons-based community centered around “emergent” knowledge, we provide instant open access to peer-reviewed content that covers all aspects of the writing process, and any form of writing, including creative, academic, professional, technical, and new media. One of the great strengths of the Writing Commons text is its distinguished editoral review board (e.g. James P. Gee, Howard Reingold, George Siemens, and Martin Weller). Writing Commons is designed to utilize the collective intelligence of crowds to develop a new kind of writing textbook, a textbook not written by a single author in the “old-school” way but rather by us, a body of writers, with common goals and uncommon knowledge that can be more interactive, accessible, and enriching than traditional texts allow.

Want to participate with us? Great! We want you to join our community. We hope that you will not only use Writing Commons for your own writing and for your classes, but that you will also help develop and contribute material that will foster a more engaging and enriching writing experience for our community. 

unCommon News” will serve as your portal to Writing Commons, updating you about recent and relevant site information, new postings, recent publications, and ways that you can participate with us in the construction of our community.

In this issue we will explore:

  • Calls For Papers 
  • Guide for Authors
  • Recent Publications
  • Social Media
  • Contribute


Call For Papers

As an organic, digital, recursive text, we are interested in receiving new and interesting articles and chapters to expand the breadth and depth of what we can offer our global community of writers.

While we welcome submissions covering all aspects of writing, we are currently seeking chapters that focus on First-Year Composition.

You can find the most up-to-date submission information and Calls For Papers at our Contribute page

Guide for Authors

If you are interested in submitting an article or chapter for peer review, please review our Guide for Authors. We look forward to reading your work!

Direct queries to: jennifer at writingcommons dot org


Recent Publications

We are pleased to announce the recent addition of a new and exciting chapter to our digital text:

Adam Breckenridge, "Remediation" 

Dan Richards, "In-Class Peer Review" 

Jennifer Yirinec, "Analyze Evidence" 


Social Media

 Keep up with Writing Commons using your favorite social networking sites.

Writing Commons has its own Facebook site, where we keep our status and postings relevant to the latest site information, as well as news about the greater Open Education Resource community.

Writing Commons is also available on Twitter using @writingcommons and #writitingcommons. Writing Commons' tweets consist of parodying students' most common writing questions, such as: "What's a paragraph supposed to have?" and "What's an argument again?". Each tweet is hyper-linked to our Writing Commons blog, where Writing Commons staff members provide succinct, accessible answers and a helpful example. The Writing Commons blog functions as a commons of its own, where other writers, of all levels of expertise, can contribute alternative answers and subsequent questions. We ultimately envision this interactive space functioning like a "virtual-teacher" where students can contribute unique writing questions, and receive answers by Writing Commons staff in real-time. 


 This is your chance to contribute to our community, now! We want to know: "What distinguishes your writing program from others, and how are you using digital writing tools?"

Send your responses to: zachary at writingcommons dot org

We look forward to hearing from you. In our next newsletter, we will highlight your responses and speak directly about how Writing Commons can serve as a valuable digital writing tool for your program.