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Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide

(6 reviews)

Matt Barton, St. Cloud State University

James Kalmbach

Charles Lowe

Copyright Year: 2011

Publisher: Grand Valley State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Cara Miller, Assistant Professor of English, Anderson University on 2/5/20

The introduction of the book notes that it isn't focused on writing in general but rather writing on social media sites. I thought that overall, the book did a great job covering the different aspects of web writing, including rhetorical... read more

Reviewed by Cathy Carroll , Journalism Instructor, Central Oregon Community College on 6/19/19

The guide is fairly comprehensive, except that it is missing more updated tactics. read more

Reviewed by Joseph Amdahl, Adjunct, Chemeketa Community College on 6/20/17

This textbook does a good job of covering the basics of web writing (style) and includes a clear and effective Contents page to show the reader what the book includes. The textbook would benefit from additional content and read a bit thin at about... read more

Reviewed by Timothy R. Amidon, Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetorics, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

Writing Spaces offers a student accessible overview of writing in digital writing environments. More specifically, this textbook provides fun and easy to read introductions to concepts (e.g, fair use; accessibility; hyperlinks), genres (e.g.,... read more

Reviewed by Kris Kodrich, Associate Professor, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

A useful guide for Writing on the Web. It provides many tips for authors of websites, blogs and other materials on the Web. It is a fast-paced, easy-to-read and practical guide. While some of it is common sense, it is always good to have reminders... read more

Reviewed by Sonja Grove, EdD, Instructor, Part time, Portland Community College - Portland, Or. on 1/7/16

I downloaded this text, and was surprised it was focused upon Web writing in all genres. I was at first disappointed since I teach WR 90, and looking for a more comprehensive text on writing, but after reviewing it, I was a believer. My students... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Writing in the Genres of the Web
  • The Rhetorics of Web Pages

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About the Book

The Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide was created as a crowdsourcing project of Collaborvention 2011: A Computers and Writing Unconference. College writing teachers from around the web joined together to create this guide (see our Contributors list). The advice within it is based on contemporary theories and best practices.

While the text was originally written for students in undergraduate writing classes, it can also be a suitable resource for other writers interested in learning more about writing for the web.

This document is available as a web text for reading online, a printer-friendly PDF, and an EPUB ereader versions.

About the Contributors


Matt Barton is a professor of English at St. Cloud State University.

James Kalmbach professor emeritus, Department of English, Illinois State University. 

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. He is a strong advocate of open source software adoption and open access publishing.

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