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Dear Colleagues,

We are an international community of writers, teachers, and researchers who are passionate about helping students realize their potential as writers, collaborators, researchers, and thinkers.

About
Staff, Review Editors, Advisory Board, and Author Bios.

If you have ideas about how to help our community of writers and writing teachers, we would like to hear from you.

We consider articles or proposals for articles on

  1. Collaboration
  2. Courses
  3. Editing
  4. Genre
  5. Information Literacy
  6. Invention
  7. Mindset
  8. Organization
  9. Process
  10. Research
  11. Revision
  12. Rhetoric
  13. Style
  14. Writing Studies

Moving forward, we hope to improve the less developed sections of our site, including

  • Courses: With the launch of the 4th Edition (see About), we hope to publish syllabi and projects at a new section we are calling Courses. Here we are driven by two goals:
    • First, we want to double check that our resources are providing the resources faculty need on the ground.
    • Second, we know from Google Analytics that our bounce rate is higher than hoped. We believe this is due in part to the large scope of Writing Commons. In the past, readers have told us that can become lost within the site. Thus, by providing a common path through the resources, we hope to improve upon our bounce rate.
  • Writing Studies: We invite reviews and summaries of current and past research and theory that concerns the study of writing.
    • Here, recognizing the interdisciplinarity of Writing Studies, we welcome submissions from our colleagues across the disciplines:
      • Cognitive Psychology,
      • Critical Race Studies
      • Education
      • Disability Studies
      • Human Development (cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal competencies);
      • Literacy (Theory & Practice);
      • Literature.
      • Philosophy,
      • Rhetoric;
      • Technology
      • Writing Pedagogy
      • Neurology & Writing

Dear Authors,

We hope you are pleased with our ongoing efforts to improve Writing Commons.

The datawalk from our old site using Joomla to this new site was mostly successful. We eliminated outdated articles and combined and edited articles that had been cut into smaller pieces. During the data transfer we found some articles had not been ascribed authors. Plus, Joomla couldn’t accommodate articles with multiple authors whereas the new WordPress site can

We launched the 4th Edition in January of 2020. Presently, we are working now to fix attribution errors. If we somehow lost your work or misattributed, please let us know asap so we can rectify the error.

Please contact Sandy Branham (branhac1@erau.edu) if you would like to update your bio or make changes

Peer Review

Submissions will be considered via a peer-review process.

Before beginning your project, we encourage you to submit a brief proposal to Dr. Branham to confirm that your idea matches our needs. We encourage authors to collaborate closely with our editors when revising and rethinking the submission after the initial draft has been accepted or accepted with revisions. 

Submissions should be sent to Dr. Sandy Branham at branhac1@erau.edu in .doc or .docx files. You can include videos or images to supplement the text; please submit video links or .mp4s, and all images as .jpeg or .png. We also encourage the inclusion of hyperlinks to other sources that might be useful for students, including, but not limited to, other Writing Commons articles. 

Audience

StudentsInstructors/FacultyWorking Professionals
Our primary audience is undergraduate students in writing courses in the U.S., particularly undergraduate courses in academic, business, and technical writing courses.College & University Faculty
About one third of our audience is comprised of independent scholars and professionals.

Writing Guide

We are happy to help you develop your articles via our peer-review processes.

Your submission

  • should be saved as a .doc or .docx file with any images saved as .jpeg or .png format. Please name files according to the following conventions: “Title of webtext.”
  • should be 750-1000 words in length
  • should reference sources using MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (8th ed.)
  • should be free of internal references to the author’s identity.
    • For information about how to remove author credentials in Word, please see this link. 
  • should include a brief cover letter introducing your webtext and its title; you might use this letter to voice any concerns/questions you have about the text.

If you are submitting podcasts, videos, or composing a multi-page hyperlinked text (which we strongly encourage), please e-mail Cassandra Branham (branhac1@erau.edu) directly for specific directions.

To address our global, diverse audience,

  • avoid difficult theories or complex discussions of research and issues or detailed discussions of pedagogy;
  • consider the interests and perspectives of student;
  • link to other articles at Writing Commons related to your topic;
  • make your article visually appealing;
  • use MLA or APA to cite references. 

We ask that you read through some of our articles prior to pitching an idea or article. Please note that most of the new pages at Writing Commons (1) succinctly define the topic under discussion; (2) relate the topic to the writing process; (3) have links to related articles at Writing Commons or other stable URLs in order to further exemplify the topic.

Note, e.g., that many Writing Commons publications will introduce a rhetorical concept or term, briefly define it, and then explain how it could be applied to the everyday writing of undergraduates or writing in a professional or personal sphere. Feel free to include exercises and/or discussion questions which could be used by teachers or students in the classroom.

Review

Because webtexts are more concise than traditional academic essays, we intend to have a quick turn-around time. From initial submission to notification of the submission’s status, please allow approximately four weeks.

Publishing Agreement

Prior to publication, following peer review, authors are required to complete our Publishing Agreement.

Contact Information

Cassandra Branham,
branhac1@erau.edu
Editor-in-Chief