Practices & Possibilities

Series Editors: Nick Carbone, Carbone Research and Writing, and Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University

Associate Editors: Karen-Elizabeth Moroski, Michigan State University; and Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati

The Practices & Possibilities Series addresses the full range of practices within the field of Writing Studies, including teaching, learning, research, and theory. From Joseph Williams' reflections on problems to Richard E. Young's taxonomy of "small genres" to Adam Mackie's considerations of technology, the books in this series explore issues and ideas of interest to writers, teachers, researchers, and theorists who share an interest in improving existing practices and exploring new possibilities.  The series includes both original and republished books. Works in the series are organized topically. 

Submission and Contact Information

Queries should be directed via electronic mail to series editors Nick Carbone and Mike Palmquist. Proposals should outline the rationale and projected audience for the book and its relation to other books in the field; include the book's table of contents or a chapter outline, the estimated length and the timetable for completion, and, if available, the introduction and a sample chapter. Please also send the CV of the author(s) or editor(s).

To learn more about submitting to the series, please view our Guide for Authors and Editors and our Diversity Statement.

Teaching Practices

InvolvedWriting Pathways to Student Success

Edited by Lillian Craton, Renée Love, and Sean Barnette

Teachers of first-year composition courses do essential work. Teaching argumentation and conventions of university-level writing; demystifying citation and punctuation; promoting reading comprehension and analysis. Yet such skills, as important as they are, do not reflect the full scope of our discipline. Some of the best learning in composition coursework relates to students' growth as successful individuals able to live and write in a complex world.... More

New Literacis DictionaryNew Literacies Dictionary: Primer for the Twenty-first Century Learner

By Adam Mackie

Adam Mackie's New Literacies Dictionary: Primer for the Twenty-first Century Learner is addressed to twenty-first century teachers and twenty-first century learners. The hyperlinked entries are a resource, a reference, and a tool for those interested in teaching lessons in new literacies or for those seeking ideas, samples, discussions, and reflections on digital and multimodal texts.... More

Taxonomy of Small GenresToward A Taxonomy of "Small" Genres and Writing Techniques for Use in Writing-Across-the-Curriculum

Collected by Richard E. Young

In 1984, with funding from the Buhl Foundation, Richard Young and Joann Sipple conducted a series of writing-across-the-curriculum workshops with the faculty of Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh. This collection offers more than 150 activities that can be used to conduct writing-to-learn activities in courses across the curriculum .... More

Problems into ProblemProblems into PROBLEMS: A Rhetoric of Motivation

By Joseph M. Williams

Willias writes, "For well more than a decade now, researchers have been reporting how in the act of drafting we recognize and solve rhetorical problems—how we evaluate and synthesize sources, set local rhetorical goals, then seek to achieve them. But if the literature on solving such problems is thick, our understanding of how we articulate the substantive problem that occasions our efforts to solve them is quite thin." In this monograph, Joseph M. Williams considers this issue with all the care that characterized the work produced in his long career.... More

Learning Re-abledLearning Re-abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies

By Patricia A. Dunn

In the first comprehensive study to connect composition and learning disabilities, Patricia Dunn both challenges and confirms what many believe about writing. Learning Re-Abled,republished on the Clearinghouse with the permission of its author, examines the many issues that contribute to the learning disability controversy and provides historical perspectives on LD and composition, showing how the two fields complement and conflict with each other. She discusses the disagreements surrounding different educational approaches and makes sense of the claims and counterclaims of the experts .... More

Open-Access Textbooks

ReadingA Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading

By Ellen C. Carillo

By offering instruction in both reading and writing, A Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading provides a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction within a metacognitive framework to foster the transfer of learning.... More

Note: The following republished books have been made available with the permission of their authors.

InvolvedInvolved: Writing for College, Writing for Your Self

By Charles Bazerman

Involved: Writing for College, Writing for Your Self helps students to understand their college experience as a way of advancing their own personal concerns and to draw substance from their reading and writing assignments. This edition of the book has been adapted from the print edition, published in 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. Copyrighted materials—primarily images and examples within the text—have been removed from this edition.... More

Informed WriterThe Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines

By Charles Bazerman
Adapted by Mark Haas for presentation on this site.

The Informed Writer, offered here in its fifth edition, addresses a wide range of writing activites and genres, from summarizing and responding to sources to writing the research paper and writing about literature. This edition of the book has been adapted from the fifth edition, published in 1995 by Houghton Mifflin. Copyrighted materials—primarily examples within the text—have been removed from this edition. ... More

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