Collaboration

  1. Co-authorship
  2. Conflict Resolution
  3. Critique
    1. Consider Feedback
    2. Why Meet with a Writing Tutor?
  4. Leadership
  5. Peer Review
    1. In-Class Peer Review
  6. Teamwork
  7. Tools for Project Management

Courses

  1. Business Writing Courses
    1. Projects
      1. Extended Group Project: Consulting Simulation
        1. Problem-Definition Heuristic
        2. Client Proposal
        3. Team Charter
        4. Project Management Portfolio + Bibliography Template
        5. Group Research Proposal
        6. Research Notes + Executive Summary
        7. Visual Progress Report
        8. Recommendation Report
        9. Evaluation Memo
      2. Infographic
      3. Final Course Reflection Memo
      4. Revise, Redesign, Edit: Tailoring Documents for Audiences
        1. Rhetorical Analysis Memo
    2. Syllabi
      1. Business Writing Syllabus
  2. Composition Courses
    1. (Fake News Theme) (Paul Corrigan)
  3. Developmental English
    1. Alex Watkins
  4. Duke MOOC
  5. The Ohio State University Composition Curriculum MOOC
  6. Georgia Tech MOOC

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Genre

    1. Abstracts
    2. Abstracts (APA)
    3. Academic Writing
    4. Ad Analysis
    5. Annotated Bibliography,
    6. Aristotelian Argument
    7. Autobiography
  1. B
    1. Bibliography
    2. Blogging
    3. Business Plans
  2. C
    1. Compelling Conclusions
    2. Creative Nonfiction
  3. D
    1. Dialog
      1. Dances with Dialogue: The Difficulty of Speaking
  4. E
    1. E-mail Guidelines for Students
    2. Ethnography
      1. Develop Field Notes
      2. Select Key Informants
    3. E-mail Guidelines for Students
    4. Employment Documents
      1. Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
      2. The Art of the Pick-Up: Wooing Your Future Employer in the Cover Letter
      3. Writing the Conventional Résumé
  5. F
    1. Fan Fiction
    2. Fiction
      1. Four Basic Principles in Writing Fiction
      2. Writing Fiction: Four Basic Principles in Writing Fiction
  6. G
  7. H
    1. Historiography
  8. I
    1. Infographics
    2. Instruction Manuals
    3. Instruc
    4. Introductions
  9. J
    1. Journalism: Gathering Information and Writing the Story
  10. K
  11. L
    1. Literary Criticism
    2. Literary Criticism: an Introduction
    3. LinkedIn
  12. M
    1. Memos,
    2. Mission Statements
    3. Modes of Discourse
  13. N
    1. News & Crisis Communication
    2. Netiquette (Digital Ethics)
  14. O
  15. P
    1. Playwriting
      1. Overview of Playwriting
      2. Power in the “Black Stuff”
    2. Podcasts
    3. Posters
    4. Presentations
      1. Audiovisual Presentations Made Easy(-ier): Tips for Creating an Effective PowerPoint, Prezi, or Keynote
      2. Effective Use of PowerPoint in Professional & Technical Presentations
      3. Your PowerPoint Presentation: Developing an Effective Design
    1. Professional Writing
    2. Public Writing
    3. Proposals
      1. Proposal Writing Basics
  16. Q
  17. R
    1. Reflection Essay
    2. Reports
    3. Resume Headings
    4. Reviews & Recommendations
    5. Rhetorical Analysis in the Real World: A Useful Thinking Tool
    6. Rogerian Argument
  18. S
    1. Screenwriting:
      1. Overview of Screenwriting
      2. Why Screenwriters Should Not Write to Direct
    2. Scientific Posters
      1. Creating Scientific Posters
    3. Short Stories:
      1. Setting in Short Stories
      2. Writing a Short Story
      3. Going Long: Writing the Long Short Story
    4. Subjects & Concepts
  19. T
    1. Text, E-mail, and Netiquette
    1. Text-to-Visual Remediation
    2. Tables:
    3. Titles:
      1. How to Win Papers and Influence Professors: Creating Positive First Impressions through Effective Titles
      2. The Mysterious Incident of the Missing Title: Why Did Titular Concern Vanish from Composition Studies?
  20. U
    1. Understanding URLs
    2. Usability and User Experience Research
  21. V
  22. W
    1. A Student’s Guide to Using Wikis
    2. Wiki: Getting Started Writing on a Wiki
  23. X
  24. Y
  25. Z

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Information Literacy

  1. Attribution, Citation, & References
    1. American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
      1. Citing Paraphrases and Summaries (APA)
      2. Documenting Sources: APA
      3. Formatting the Title Page (APA)
      4. Formatting the First Main Body Page (APA)
      5. Formatting Headings and Subheadings (APA)
      6. References Page Template (APA)
      7. Using Footnotes
    2. Modern Language Association Style, 8th Edition
      1. Shorten the Title of this Source in the In-text Citation
      2. Formatting In-text Citations (MLA)
      3. MLA Checklist
      4. MLA Template
      5. Quoting in MLA
    3. Understand When Citations are Necessary
  2. Authority is Constructed and Contextual
    1. Avoid the Use of Unsupported Opinions as Evidence
    2. Digital Footprints: Public Writing and Social Identities
    3. How Are Your Sources Using Sources?
    4. News or Opinion
    5. Non-traditional Types of Evidence
    1. Opinion
    2. Textual Analysis
    3. What Might be a More Credible, Reliable Source?
  3. Information Design
    1. Principles of Design
    2. Typography
  4. Information Creation as a Process
  5. Information Has Value
    1. Intellectual Property
    1. Plagiarism
      1. Avoiding Plagiarism: A Checklist for Student Writers
  6. Information Literacy Tools
  7. Research as Inquiry
    1. Active Reading 
    2. Annotating the Margins
    1. CRAAP (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose)
    2. Critical Reading Exercises
    3. Divide and Conquer: Rethinking Your Approach to Research
  8. Scholarship as a Conversation
    1. Conversation between Sources
    1. Sticking Your Nose In: Positioning Yourself in Academic Writing
    2. Understanding How Conversations Change Over Time
  9. Searching as Strategic Exploration
    1. Annotated List of Useful Library Databases
    2. Web Search Strategies: Basics and Beyond
    3. Using Databases: Periodical Indexes and Abstracts
    4. Finding and Examining the Sources in Your Sources
    5. Search the Web
    6. Seek Help from Librarians
    7. Understanding Library Resources
  10. Literacies
    1. Digital Literacy
    2. Quantitative Literacy
    3. Visual Literacy
      1. Animation
      2. Breaking Down an Image
      3. Charts and Graphs
      4. Data Visualization
      5. Page Design

Invention

  1. Drafting
    1. Dictating
    1. Freewriting
      1. Snort, Snuffle, Write
    2. Heuristics
      1. Burke’s Pentad
      2. Document Planner
      3. Journalistic Questions
      4. Journal About the Assignment
      5. The Common Topoi and Tagmemic Questions
    3. Journaling (Writer’s Journal)
    4. Visualizations
      1. Clustering/spider maps
      2. Timeline/flowchart maps
      3. Hierarchical maps
      4. Modeling/theory maps 
  2. Preliminary Research
  3. Writing with Sources
    1. Paraphrase
      1. Paraphrase Sources
      2. Paraphrase Accurately to Preserve the Source’s Ideas
    2. Quotations
      1. Avoid Dropped Quotations
      2. How Much of this Quote is Vital to Your Point?
      3. Inserting or Altering Words in a Direct Quotation
      4. Omitting Words from a Direct Quotation
      5. When to Quote
    1. Summary, Synthesis & Flow
      1. Synthesizing Your Research Findings
      2. Flow: Mix Quotes with Paraphrasing
      3. Flow (Mixing Summary with quotes and paraphrase)
      4. Relate Sources to Thesis/Research Question
      5. Provide Background Information About the Researcher’s Methods
      6. Tell Your Readers When You Are Citing, Paraphrasing, or Summarizing

Mindset

  1. Growth Mindset
    1. Faith in the Writing Process
    2. Play the Believing Game
    3. Tips for Realizing Your Creative Potential
    4. Why Write?
  2. Intellectual Openness
    1. Demystify Writing Misconceptions
  3. Metacognition & Self-Regulation
    1. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write
    2. Sample Process Questions
    3. Overcome Discouragement
    4. Reflect on Your Writing
  4. Professionalism & Work Ethic
    1. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write
    2. Scheduling Writing
  5. Resilience

Organization

  1. Chronological Order
  2. Deductive Order
  3. Given-to-New Order
  4. Global Perspective
  5. Inductive Order
  6. Local Perspective
  7. Logical Order
    1. Causal Order
    2. Problem Solution Order
    3. What Logical Plan Informs Your Paper’s Organization?
  8. Signposting, Transitional Language, Metalanguage, Seques
    1. Add Appropriate Transitional Language to Connect Ideas
    2. Distinguishing between Main Points and Sub-claims
    3. Metalanguage
    4. Segues
    5. Transitional language
  9. Paragraph Organization
    1. Paragraphs Flow When Information is Logical
    2. Paragraphs Are Unified by a Single Purpose or Theme
    3. Paragraphs Must Logically Relate to the Previous Paragraph(s)
    4. What is the point of this paragraph?
    5. Conclude Paragraphs with Your Voice Not Your Sources
    6. Paragraphs Are Influenced by the Media of Writing
  10. Research Question
  11. Thesis
    1. Absent Thesis
    2. The Guiding Idea and Argumentative Thesis Statement
    3. The Thesis
    4. Writing a Thesis Statement
    5. Weak Thesis
  12. Title

Processes

  1. Managing Processes
    1. Collaboration
    2. Editing
      1. Proofreading
    3. Genre
    4. Information Literacy
    5. Invention
      1. Invention & Revision
    6. Mindset
    7. Organization
    8. Research
    9. Revision
      1. Document Review Guidelines
      2. Play the Doubting Game
      3. Revision: Questions to Consider
      4. Writers on Revision
    10. Rhetoric
    11. Style
  2. Models of Writing Processes
    1. Composing Processes: a 21st Century Model
    2. Composing Processes: The Simplified Model

Research

  1. Empirical Research
    1. Ethnography
      1. Learn About the Culture
      2. Arrange Access
      3. Develop Field Notes
      4. Analyze Artifacts
    1. Human Subjects Research (IRB)
      1. Informed Consent
    2. Interviews
      1. Create Effective Ambience
      2. Types of Interviews
      3. Types of Interview Questions
    3. Survey Research
      1. Survey Design
      2. Create a Survey Instrument
      3. Transmit the Survey
    4. Usability and User Experience Research
      1. Usability and User Experience
  2. Textual (Scholarly) Research
    1. Archival Research
    2. Corpus Research
      1. A Bird’s Eye View of Writing: Corpus Linguistic Analysis 
    3. Historiography
      1. Understanding How Conversations Change Over Time

Rhetoric

  1. Rhetorical Options, Principles, Techniques
    1. Point of View
      1. First Person
        1. Using First Person in an Academic Essay: When is It Okay?
        2. Exercise: “We” and “You” in Academic Writing
      2. Second Person
        1. Understanding Second Person Point-of-View: Wizard Activity
      3. Third Person
    1. Rhetorical Appeals
      1. Ethos
        1. Beware of “Oh, that makes sense”: Ethos in Context
        2. Fallacious Ethos
        3. Taking Control: Managing Your Online Identity for the Job Search
        4. Intrinsic Authority
        5. Diplomacy, Tone, and Emphasis in Business Writing
      2. Logos
        1. Incorporating Evidence into a Research Paper
        2. Introduce Evidence
        3. Provide Support for Claims
      3. Pathos
      4. Rhetorical Appeals Work
    2. Rhetorical Modes
      1. Causes & Effects
      2. Classification
      3. Comparison and Contrast
      4. Definition
      5. Description
      6. Exemplification
      7. Exposition
      8. Narration
        1. Chronological Narratives & Process Narratives
        2. Employing Narrative in an Essay
    3. Rhetorical Stance
      1. Persona
      2. Tone
      3. Voice
  2. Rhetorical Situation
    1. Audience
      1. Researching Your Audience
      2. Audience Analysis: Primary, Secondary, and Hidden Audiences
      3. Conducting a Spatial Analysis through the Lens of Universal Design
      4. You-Centered Business Style
      5. Practicing Intercultural Communication
      6. What to Think about When Writing for a Particular Audience
      7. Why Conduct an Audience Analysis?
    1. Medium, Mass Media, Social Media
      1. Getting Started Writing on a Wiki
      2. Social Media Mythbusters
    2. Occasion, Exigency & Kairos
      1. Fallacious Kairos
      2. Kairos
      3. Using Appeals to Kairos in Persuasive Writing
    3. Purpose
    4. Rhetor

Style

  1. Brevity, Clutter, Concision, Simplicity
    1. Active Voice #1
    2. Exercise: Edit for Economy
    3. Exercise: Eliminate Unnecessary Words
    4. Exercise: Maintain a High Verb-to-Noun Ratio
    5. Writing Concisely and Avoiding Redundancy
  2. Coherence, Flow, Unity
    1. Avoid Unnecessary Shifts in Verb Tense
    2. Read Your Paper Aloud to Check Cohesiveness
  3. Diction
    1. Archaisms
    2. Cliches
    3. Homonym
    4. Jargon
    5. Spelling
    6. Vocabulary
    7. Word Choice
  4. Grammar
    1. Pronouns
      1. Identifying and Addressing Unclear Pronouns & Antecedents
      2. Pronoun Agreement
      3. Pronouns and Antecedents
    1. Subject-Pronoun Agreement
    2. Subject-Verb Agreement
  5. Mechanics
    1. Capitalization
    2. Modifiers
    3. Parallel-Sentence Structure
    4. Spelling
  6. Punctuation
    1. Apostrophes
      1. Review Apostrophe Usage 
    2. Colons
      1. Review Colon Usage 
    1. Commas
      1. Use Commas Before Nonrestrictive Adverbial Phrases or Clauses at the Ends of Sentences
    2. Dashes
      1. Review Dash Usage 
    3. Ellipsis
      1. Review Ellipsis Usage 
    4. End Punctuation
    5. Hyphens
    1. Italics  Review Italics Usage
    2. Parentheses Parentheses
    3. Quotation Marks
    1. Semicolons Review Semicolon Usage
  7. Sentence Patterns
    1. Primer-Style Sentences
    2. Run-On Sentences
    3. Sentence Fragments
    4. Sentence Patterns
  8. Substance
    1. Concrete & Sensory Language
    2. Figurative Language
      1. Add Figurative Language to Engage Your Reader
      2. Exercise: Figurative Language
      3. Incorporating Figurative Language into Your Paper
  9. Vague Language

Writing Studies

  1. Composition Studies
    1. Composing Processes: Foundational Theory & Research
  2. Communication Studies
    1. How Can You Become an Effective Communicator?
    2. What Are the Benefits of Strong Communication Skills?
    3. What is Communication?
    4. Why Does Writing (or Public Speaking) Matter?
  3. Interviews with Writers
    1. An Interview with Trent Hergenrader
    2. Interviews with Writers: Maureen Seaton
    3. An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice
  4. Education
    1. Declarative/Conceptual Knowledge
    2. Procedural (Tacit) Knowledge
  5. Literacy Studies
    1. 21st Century Literacies: Cognitive, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Competencies
    1. Quantitative Literacy
    2. Research on Intrapersonal Competencies
    3. Visual Literacy
    4. What are New Literacies?
  6. Professional and Technical Communication
    1. An Overview of Professional and Technical Communication
  7. Psychology
  8. Rhetoric and Technology
    1. Why Study Rhetoric? or, What Freestyle Rap Teaches Us about Writing
  9. Rhetorical Genre Studies
  10. Social Media
    1. Social Media Mythbusters