Writing Spaces News
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.
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.
The Writing Spaces Editors
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.
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.
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:
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.