Writing Commons aspires to challenge the limitations of traditional print textbooks or ebooks. In the spirit of the commons movement, we invite our readers, particularly college faculty, to help us develop Writing Commons so that it meets the needs of students in diverse writing courses.

By working collaboratively, we hope to create a new kind of writing textbook, a textbook not written by a single author in the old-school way but by us, by a crowd of people who want a new kind of writing text, one that is more interactive, more Web 2.0ish–a text that is readily available via phone, PDA, or netbook, an expansive textbook that meets the needs of any college-level writer.


Please review our Guide for Authors for specific details about how to choose a subject, submit an idea, and work through the review process with editors.  We are especially eager to add new media and interactive elements.

Our Current Call for Papers:

Reasons to Contribute to Writing Commons

  • An opportunity to publish your scholarship quickly, widely, and competitively

  • Quicker turn-around time

  • Rapid/widespread/worldwide dissemination

  • Same rigor of peer review (as with traditional paper journals)

  • Contributing to Writing Commons means networking with our editorial board, which represents tenured expertise from a variety of disciplines, from Composition and Literacy Studies to Technology and Virtual Reality

  • Be a contributor to the open education/pedagogy conversation; creating resources and submitting them to Writing Commons is mutually beneficial
  • A new media format allows for instant, convenient interaction about published resources and works in progress
  • Our collective agency in creating and publishing a resource like Writing Commons is inevitably stronger and more prolific than the individual scholarship of a lone writer
  • Writing Commons submissions are subject to peer-review before the work is accepted as a contribution to the knowledge base
  • The core text of Writing Commons was originally published by a major publisher and awarded the Distinguished Book Award by Computers and Composition: an International Journal
  • What’s better than free, peer-reviewed, immediately accessible learning resources?