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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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Writers must determine which point of view they want to use in a particular piece of writing. They can choose between first person ("I," "we"), second person ("you"), and third person ("one," "he," "she," "they"). Sometimes the point of view will shift in a piece of writing, but most of the time writers must stay consistent, using one point of view throughout their text. So how do writers know which point of view to use? Read the articles below to find out. 

First Person

The First Person 

Using First Person in an Academic Essay: When Is It Okay?

Second Person

   Understanding Second Person Point-of-View: Wizard Activity

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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