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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Use a writer's journal to organize your work, develop new projects, and nurture and sustain existing projects.

Consider using these categories to help organize your journal, whether you publish it online (with or without security) or keep it in a three-ring binder.

The writer's journal can help you to write more efficiently and more originally. Your journal provides a place to organize your work, develop new projects, nurture and sustain existing projects, and provide links to completed projects. Rather than ignoring the innovative ideas for new writing projects that occur when you are in the middle of another assignment, you can keep a record of your new ideas in your journal.

Save time, develop more effective documents, and be more creative by developing a writer's journal. Throughout human history, writers have used notebooks to organize and develop their ideas. Thanks to the internet, you can now easily maintain your journal online or you can use a low-tech solution, such as a three-ring binder.

Note: A writer's journal is different from a digital portfolio in the sense that you are the audience for the journal and the work in the journal tends to be rough, really fragments of ideas, a place to be creative.

In contrast, the digital portfolio represents your best work on a subject and its audience includes potential employers, university admission committees, and internet users.

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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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