Writing Spaces is an open-source textbook series written by writing teachers specifically for undergraduate writers (“About Writing Spaces”). The chapter-length texts listed at the following links provide a diversity of perspectives and insights on the writing process. Among many other topics, you’ll find essays on academic writing, digital and multimodal writing, pre-writing and idea-generation, research, collaboration, and argumentation. Your instructor may assign some of these texts as readings in your course to engage you and your classmates in critical conversations.

All listed texts are Creative Commons licensed, meaning you can download and access them for free.

Click here to access the entirety of the Writing Spaces library of essays organized by topic.

When you click an essay’s title, you will be able to access the text online or download it as a pdf.

Or click the links below to access the essays within each volume of Writing Spaces.

Works Cited

“About Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing.” WritingSpaces.org, Parlor Press, https://www.writingspaces.org/about.



“12.2 MLA Citation: Works Cited Entries,” an original work by Johnny Caputo, is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 /


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