Dear Colleagues and Students,
Welcome to Writing Commons, an open-education resource for instructors and students of writing across the disciplines. Our mission is to provide a high-quality, cost free resource to support students in the development of writing, research, and critical thinking practices.
This summer, we have been working on a site redesign in an effort to increase the usability of our site for both instructors and students. Our most significant change has been the inclusion of additional categories and subcategories to create a more intuitive hierarchy within the site. We are pleased to offer resources in the following content areas: Academic Writing, Rhetoric, Information Literacy, Evidence and Documentation, Research Methods and Methodologies, Style, New Media Communication, Professional and Technical Communication, Creative Writing, and Reviews.
I am also excited to announce that we have brought a number of new staff members on to our editorial team. We are indebted to the work of Quentin Vieregge, who has worked tirelessly to establish Writing Commons as a global, open-education resource, and we are fortunate to have Quentin remain on staff in the role of Editor Emeritus. Additionally, I want to thank Daniel Richards, our Senior Editor of Technical Communication, who has been involved with Writing Commons for years and remains a productive and valuable member of our staff. I am also pleased to welcome the following new members to our editorial team: Megan McIntyre, Editor of Academic Writing and Rhetoric; Jason Tham, Editor of Information Literacy; Danielle Farrar, Editor of Evidence and Documentation and Style; Christine McClure, Editor of Research Methods and Methodologies and New Media Communication; and Wesley Dunning, Editor of Creative Writing. Along with the launch of our site redesign, our editors are actively seeking submissions in each category. Please see our Call for Submissions in this month’s newsletter for more information.
Along with our redesign, we are pleased to highlight several new publications:
- “Social Media Mythbusters” by Wilma Davidson
- “Interview with Heather Sellers” by Allyson Hoffman
- “Using Parentheses” by Julia McMillian
- “Why Screenwriters Should Not Write to Direct” by Brian Rapp
- “Rhetorical Analysis in the Real World: A Useful Thinking Tool” by Phyllis Mentzell Ryder
- “A Synthesis of Professor Perspectives on Using First and Third Person in Academic Writing” by Brian Stone
Finally, I want to thank our web developer, Alston Chapman, without whom none of this would be possible. This summer, Alston has single-handedly worked on the technical aspects of the site redesign, and we are pleased to highlight Alston and his amazing work in this this month’s Staff Member Profile.
Whether you are an instructor, a student, or even a professional interested in fine-tuning your writing and communication skills, we hope that you find Writing Commons a useful and valuable resource. If you use Writing Commons in your course, or to support your own learning, we invite you to contact us and let us know what we are doing well and where we can improve. Feedback from our users helps us to continuously reassess our efforts and ensure that we are serving the needs of our users to the best of our ability.
Thank you for your continued support of Writing Commons, and we look forward to supporting writers across the disciplines for years to come.