Writing Spaces News

Take the Writing Spaces survey

  • Posted on: 11 March 2019
  • By: mvetter
We would like to learn how you are currently using Writing Spaces. If you assign any of the essays in your classes, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to fill out this survey, which will ask about your uses and perceptions of the resources, and will invite your recommendations for future essay topics: Link to the survey or check out the embedded version below. Thanks! -The WS Team


Writing Spaces Announces Editorial Transition

  • Posted on: 31 January 2019
  • By: mvetter
Writing Spaces is pleased to announce a new editorial team, consisting of Dr. Dana Lynn Driscoll, Dr. Mary Stewart, and Dr. Matthew Vetter.

Driscoll, Stewart, and Vetter are working closely with former editors Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, and production editor and publisher David Blakesley, to ensure the continued success and sustainability of this project, and its contribution to open access writig pedagogy. The transition team's immediate focus will be on Writing Spaces volumes 3 and 4.


Writing Spaces 4th Volume CFP Deadline Extended

  • Posted on: 25 August 2011
  • By: admin

We know it's a busy time of year for everyone. And so after a couple of requests, the editors of Writing Spaces have extended the deadline for our 4th volume CFP until September 20th. 

Writing Spaces is an open textbook series for first year composition. All chapters are free to use and available under Creative Commons licences. You can learn more by reading the CFP for the 4th volume and by perusing other areas of the website:
If you haven't used Writing Spaces in your classroom yet, be sure to try some of the readings out in your class this semester!

The Writing Spaces Editors

Announcing the Publication of Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0

  • Posted on: 2 June 2011
  • By: admin

The writing sprint is over, and Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0 is now available. While written for undergraduate writing students, Web Writing Style Guide could be useful to anyone wanting to learn how to write for the web. Topics in this lengthy guide include--but are not limited to-- 

  • strategies for effective blogging, tweeting, and wiki writing
  • an overview of visual design and photo manipulation
  • how to write effective links, page titles, and headings
  • basic copyright and fair use principles important for the web
  • an introduction to HTML and CSS
  • lots of links within the text to additional resources

As with other Writing Spaces' texts, the Web Writing Style Guide is Creative Commons licensed (CC-BY-NC-SA). In addition to the HTML version currently available, over the next couple of weeks, Writing Spaces will release print-friendly PDF and EPUB versions of the text. 


CFP: Writing Spaces Seeks Proposals for the 4th Volume

  • Posted on: 17 May 2011
  • By: admin

UPDATE: The CFP deadline has been extended until September 20th. 

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is an open textbook series for composition seeking proposals for essays for our 4th volume.

Each Writing Spaces book contains peer-reviewed collections of essays, all composed by teachers for students, with each chapter available for free download from our website under a Creative Commons license. Volumes are also published in print--for sale--through our partner Parlor Press. With your participation, we hope that Vol. 3 (currently under review) and Vol. 4 will expand the online database of chapters to upwards of eighty different classroom texts for teachers to use.


Open Educational Resources and the Writing Center

  • Posted on: 16 April 2011
  • By: admin

On April 6, 2011, Elizabeth Woodworth, Terra Williams, and I gave a workshop on open textbooks and other OER at the IWCA@CCCC Collaborative in Atlanta, GA. In preparation for this workshop, Elizabeth produced this documentary video, "Open Educational Resources and the Writing Center," about the experience of using Writing Spaces in the writing center:


Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric

  • Posted on: 12 March 2011
  • By: admin
Writing Spaces' teachers may find this a useful resource of example student papers about writing to supplement the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series when using a writing studies approach for assignments in FYW. Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric is an undergraduate journal focused on publishing student articles about writing studies: http://cas.umkc.edu/english/publications/youngscholarsinwriting/index3.html.

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2, Now Available

  • Posted on: 6 January 2011
  • By: admin

The second volume in the Writing Spaces open textbook series for first year writing classes is now available for free download (Creative Commons licensed PDF) and for purchase in print. There are twenty one new essays to complement the chapters already available in the first volume. View the Writings Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2 page for the table of contents and more information.