been written and edited primarily by Richard Jewell. However, this online textbook also has
been a collaborative work. Thanks especially to the many students who have
contributed their exemplary sample essays and other writings. In addition, several
instructors have contributed excellent chapters or other additions.
& Editors with Links to Their Contributions:
Richard Jewell, Inver Hills Community College
Paul Borzo, Metropolitan State
Suzanne Drapeau Morley,
Normandale Community College
Brenda Wentworth, St. Cloud
Others Quoted Significantly with Links
to Their Contributions:
Phil Keith, St. Cloud State
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University
And with thanks to the following:
Chris Anson for his general support and his
concept of "reader response"
Toby Fulwiler for his general support and his
groundwork in writing across the curriculum
Cynthia Selfe for her continuing
reminders to pay attention to multimodal methods
Photo & Image Credits:
All peacock drawings come from one original,
free image by Philip Martin at
http://india.phillipmartin.info/india_peacock.htm, downloaded to this
website July 2012. The image may be used freely if he is given credit.
The peacock photo in the "Sentences"
chapter is a free picture first uploaded 2005 by
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PeacockHead.jpg. It may be used
freely if he is given credit.
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Jewell, Main Author and Editor
WritingforCollege! Two activities I especially love are teaching and writing. I
count myself very lucky to be able to combine both of them in this textbook! I developed the first five chapters in 1984, shortly after I
started teaching college writing. It has continued to grow. I
first moved the printed text to the Web in 1998. During a sabbatical (a year
off from teaching for academic research) in 2003-4, I expanded and reorganized it to make it more Web
friendly--more visual and interactive (with parts connecting to each other
and to the Web by links). In that year, I also began inviting others
to help me write it. Their names appear above.
I have taught college writing for over twenty years with training
and experience in a variety of settings. I started working as a
freelance magazine writer and also taught part time at St.
Cloud State University and several other colleges. I found I
enjoyed teaching more than freelancing, and eventually I took a full-time position at the University
of Minnesota as a composition specialist. In 2001, Inver
Hills College offered me a tenure-track (lifetime) position in its English
Department, which I accepted. Inver Hills is a community college in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. It has a very strong and
extensive writing program. It is a member of the largest
post-secondary system in the country, the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).
I have taught first-year college composition over one hundred times, and I
still enjoy it. I also have taught many other types of writing
courses: research writing; developmental or basic writing; creative,
business, and technical writing; intermediate and advanced expository
writing; writing about literature; writing for publication; and a variety of
upper-division professional writing courses such as writing for the health
sciences, writing about science, writing for engineers, and writing in the
social sciences. I have another online Web book, Experiencing
the Humanities, and as a freelance writer and an academic writer, I
have had over one hundred publications of my magazine articles, stories, scholarly essays,
photographs, and even a few poems.
I also am the creator and editor
of the Online Grammar Handbook,
a grammar resource directory started at the University of Minnesota in 2000,
thanks to a university computer technology grant. it was most recently
revised and extended in 2012 as a sabbatical project, as was this book,
Writing for College. The Online Grammar Handbook is arranged like
a grammar handbook, with lists of links for each subject. The links
lead to many hundreds of web text and video sites around the world that
provide grammar help in English.
Most recently (2008), much of my
energy has been devoted to co-founding (with Donald Ross of the University
of Minnesota) and volunteering as General Coordinator of
Writing & English), an annual conference, listserv, and monthly
newsletter serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas.
If you would like to see additional details--including my resume, photo, email address, and a sample of my
fiction, please visit my
professional Web site, www.richard.jewell.net.
(If you are one of my students at Inver Hills College, you may want to know
that I have placed this Web site link at the top left on every page of CollegeWriting.info
so you can always find your way back quickly to the home page of our
If you are a student or writing instructor interested in
further details about my
teaching and scholarly activities, they include publication of about a dozen academic
essays (juried and non-juried) and several dozen presentations at national (MLA
and CCCC), regional, state, and MnSCU
conferences. One of my academic essays, coauthored with
Chris Anson, appeared as the lead essay in a collection that won a
National Council of Teachers of English
(NCTE) Book of the Year
Award in 2003, and my fiction and creative nonfiction have received regional
honors. I also have provided system-wide WAC training to instructors
in MnSCU. At the University of
Minnesota, I taught primarily upper-division and
professional-writing courses as part of the legacy of the nationally lauded
(and now reorganized) UMN Program in Composition, and I coordinated a
grant-assisted revision of the University of Minnesota English Department's
Composition Program Web Site as it existed 1999-2005. My current areas of
specialization include academic Web development and online instruction,
writing across the curriculum, and writing in the disciplines. To see
a complete curriculum vita, please go to www.richard.jewell.net.
Welcome again to
I do hope you find it enjoyable
and useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact