A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

Joe Moxley, Founder, WritingCommons.org

Joe Moxley


Dear Colleagues and Students,

At Writing Commons, we are happy with the overall success of our project. Since 2011, when we launched at WritingCommons.org, we have hosted 6,315,882 users who have reviewed over 11 million pages. We are thrilled that students and faculty find our site to be helpful. Our ongoing mission is to be the best writing textbook possible. We also happen to be free. While we cannot perhaps claim yet that we are the best possible textbook for technical writing or creative writing courses, we are working on that.

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Give yourself positive messages when revising, understanding it's easier to critique than to invent.

Understandably, you can become discouraged during writing, particularly when undertaking a challenging project. Even so, you cannot give in to negative thinking.

Six Tips to Avoid Being Discouraged

  1. Be realistic. Remember it's much easier to criticize than invent. Every manuscript can be critiqued, even ones authored by major scholars and researchers.Don't take criticism
    personally. Focus on the positive. 
  2. Don't waste yours writing to editors and telling them why they were fools to reject your ideas. Instead, place your energies into moving forward. Either immediately revise the manuscript or send it back out for consideration elsewhere.
  3. Don't accept everything you hear. Ignore the cranks. Like bad drivers, there are too many cranks for you to police.
  4. Be your own worst critic. No one will take your work as seriously as you do.
  5. Don't try to critique your work at the last minute. This is impossible.
  6. When writing, don't worry about criticism.
Cassandra Branham, Editor-in-Chief WritingCommons.org

Cassandra Branham


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.

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