Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Vol. I

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Charlie Lowe, Grand Valley State University
Pavel Zemliansky, James Madison University

Pub Date: 2010

ISBN 13: 978-1-6023518-4-4

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

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Reviewed by Laurel Smith, Part-Time, Temporary Instructor, Century College, on 6/21/2017.

This text is striving for comprehensiveness. It is attempting to cover a lot of composition ground in 262 pages; however, because it is trying to … read more



Reviewed by Zian Butler, English Instructor, Kansas State University, on 8/22/2016.

Comprehensiveness Overall, this book could work to compliment other source material necessary for a variety of classroom settings. The text covers … read more



Reviewed by Lin Guo, English Language Specialist, Miami University, on 8/22/2016.

Writing Spaces (Volume 1) covers a wide range of topics suitable for freshmen composition. The first noticeable characteristic is that the text … read more



Reviewed by Stacey Foster, Instructor, Pine Technical and Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The text includes both theoretical discussions, on topics such as rhetorical strategy and plagiarism, and practical suggestions, on topics such as … read more



Reviewed by Brandy Hoffmann, English Faculty, Central Lakes College, on 1/8/2016.

This text speaks to student writers in essay form rather than in the drier mode of a traditional, skills-based textbook. Writing Spaces offers … read more



Reviewed by Leane Flynn, English Instructor, Central Lakes College, on 1/8/2016.

The first volume of Writing Spaces covers many topics that are essential to a first-year writing student's education, including an explication of … read more



Reviewed by Brian Hull, Adjunct Professor Liberal Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, on 1/8/2016.

As anyone who as ever taught composition at the university level knows, teaching this subject matter is extraordinarily complex. Writing Spaces does … read more



Reviewed by Ben McCorkle, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University at Marion, on 6/11/2015.

Writing Spaces is a fairly comprehensive collection of essays covering a variety of topics germane to the topic of writing and writing development in … read more



Reviewed by Karolyn Redoutey, Senior Academic Advisor/Instructor, University of Minnesota, on 6/11/2015.

Instructors who might adopt this text need more organization in the Table of Contents. Here are some suggestions: Pre-writing: Bunn 71/Charleton … read more



Reviewed by Chris Edison, Graduate Assistant, University of Oklahoma, on 1/13/2015.

This textbook presents complex rhetorical concepts in a language students would likely find approachable. This approachability is very attractive to … read more



Reviewed by Sunyoung Kim, E-campus Korean Instructor, Oregon State University, on 7/16/2014.

The text covers many areas of challenges and questions that the first year college students might encounter in writing at higher education.The text … read more



Reviewed by Melanie Senn, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The first thing I noticed about Writing Spaces was the comprehensive table of contents and the varied authors. I have been teaching a … read more



Reviewed by Linda Haynes, Assistant Director of Introductory Composition, Purdue University, on 7/16/2014.

This text covers most of the topics that are important in a first-semester composition course. The principles of rhetoric that students need to … read more


Table of Contents

  • Ch. 1: Introduction: Open Source Composition Texts Arrive for College Writers by Robert E. Cummings
  • Ch. 2: What is Academic Writing by L. Lennie Irvin
  • Ch. 3: So You've Got a Writing Assignment. Now What? by Corrine E. Hinton
  • Ch. 4: The Inspired Writer vs. the Real Writer by Sarah Allen
  • Ch. 5: Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Toward Rhetorical Analysis by Laura Bolin Carroll
  • Ch. 6: From Topic to Presentation: Making Choices to Develop Your Writing by Beth L. Hewett
  • Ch. 7: Taking Flight: Connecting Inner and Outer Realities during Invention by Susan E. Antlitz
  • Ch. 8: Reinventing Invention: Discovery and Investment in Writing by Michelle D. Trim and Megan Lynn Isaac
  • Ch. 9: "Finding Your Way In": Invention as Inquiry Based Learning in First Year Writing by Steven Lessner and Collin Craig
  • Ch. 10: Why Visit Your Campus Writing Center? by Ben Rafoth
  • Ch. 11: Finding the Good Argument OR Why Bother With Logic? by Rebecca Jones
  • Ch. 12: I Need You to Say “I”: Why First Person is Important in College Writing by Kate McKinney Maddalena
  • Ch. 13: Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking? by Sandra Giles
  • Ch. 14: Wikipedia Is Good for You!? by James P. Purdy
  • Ch. 15: Composing the Anthology: An Exercise in Patchwriting by Christopher Leary
  • Ch. 16: Collaborating Online: Digital Strategies for Group Work by Anthony T. Atkins
  • Ch. 17: Navigating Genres by Kerry Dirk

About the Book

Volumes in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing offer multiple perspectives on a wide-range of topics about writing, much like the model made famous by Wendy Bishop’s “The Subject Is . . .” series. In each chapter, authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly. Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about developing nearly every aspect of the craft of writing. Consequently, each essay functions as a standalone text that can easily complement other selected readings in writing or writing-intensive courses across the disciplines at any level.

Topics in Volume 1 of the series include academic writing, how to interpret writing assignments, motives for writing, rhetorical analysis, revision, invention, writing centers, argumentation, narrative, reflective writing, Wikipedia, patchwriting, collaboration, and genres.

About the Contributors


Dr. Charlie Lowe is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University where he teaches first year composition, professional writing, and web design, and he is a strong advocate of open source software adoption and open access publishing.

Dr. Pavel Zemliansky is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University where he teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and professional communication.