Why Write for Writing Spaces?
Savings for Students
With your participation, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing will provide an alternative to ever escalating textbook prices at a time when many students and their families face difficult economic times. As the book series progresses, the Writing Spaces website will become a library of free to download essays on a wide range of topics for your students in first year composition, writing across the disciplines, and professional writing classes.
After picking and choosing from the selection of essays, teachers will be able to link to the individual electronic texts or put together printed course packs without paying costly licensing fees. Printed versions of each book in the series will also be available for purchase through Parlor Press.
An Alternative to Wiki Textbooks
Some teachers might have thought about participating in other open access textbook projects like Wikibooks, but have not for fear that such work would go unrewarded in tenure and promotion. Writing Spaces' individually authored texts and more traditional proposal and peer review process gives you a line on your CV with direct publication credit for your work.
Moreover, collaborative wiki textbook projects work towards providing a unified voice organized much as a traditional textbook. Writing Spaces uses the instructional essay textbook model made famous by Wendy Bishop's The Subject Is . . . series. Essays in the Writing Spaces collection will offer various perspectives on writing, each with a unique, engaging voice. As stand alone texts, each essay is well suited for various course arrangements and integrating with other outside readings.