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Writing Spaces News
Volume 1 is Published!
Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1, is now available for free download. This collection includes sixteen essays written for the first year composition classroom, all released under Creative Commons licenses. Print copies may be purchased through Parlor Press.
Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is an open textbook series for composition seeking proposals for essays for our 3rd volume. Each Writing Spaces book contains peer-reviewed collections of essays all composed by teachers for students, with each chapter freely available for download from our website under a Creative Commons license.
Writing Spaces received many great proposals for essays (over 100 proposals total) for our first CFP for first-year composition. Consequently, we will be publishing two volumes, one after the other, in January and March of 2010. Each volume will contain 25-30 essays on topics such as writing as a process, invention, primary research, collaboration, web 2.0 technologies, revision, citation, peer response, new media, rhetorical theory, writing centers, topic development, conducting secondary research, ethnography, metacognitive/reflective writing, and personal narrative writing, to name a few.
Even with putting two volumes into production, we still had many strong proposals that we could not include in the collection. Thanks again to everyone that contributed a proposal. We very much appreciate your time and effort in helping to begin the Writing Spaces open textbook project.
The deadline for proposal submission to the first volume of Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing has been changed from April 10 to April 15. This is due to conflicting information that appeared in one of our earlier listserv posts announcing the project. We hope that the extension will give those contributors who had read that information the opportunity to work on the proposal for a few more days.
We do encourage early submissions, though.
In response to the current economic crisis facing not only our nation, but also higher education, Chronicle of Higher Education blogger Lev Gonick
predict[s] fundamental change is the impact of open educational resources on the textbook market. Traditional textbook publishers have held an iron lock on the industry’s model for too long, and universities have been tacitly complicit of the system. In the Web era, however, this oligopolistic business practice is imploding.
This is the website for Writing Space: Readings on Writing, a new book series that will contain peer-reviewed collections of essays composed by teachers for students, with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license.
Learn more about the project by visiting our About page. Our first CFP will be announced at the end of Feb 09.