Open Source Writing & Composition Project
Welcome to OpenWriting.Org

OpenWriting.Org is an online collaborative project that seeks to make basic college-level writing instruction materials available, free of charge, to the largest possible community of learners.

OpenWriting.Org acheives this goal through the publication, hosting, and online maintenance of the Open Writing Text, a book-length collection of lessons and writing materials suitable for use in the college classroom or for independent study.

OpenWriting.Org seeks to serve a diverse community of writers--of all levels--by making these materials freely available, either for online viewing or as a downloadable ebook.

Using OpenWriting.Org

Users are welcome to download individual chapters of the OpenWritingText in PDF form (see the Table of Contents on the right of this page), or a complete version of the text (PDF) as a single file.

Users are also welcome to download the core files of the textbook (in MSWord DOCX format), and alter and update them as they see fit for their own non-profit academic or instructional projects. This use of OpenWriting.Org materials is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommerical License, the details of which are located here.


The Editors of OpenWriting.Org

General Editor:

Matthew B. Hill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Coppin State University

Contributing Editors:

Blessing Diala-Ogamba, Ph.D., Coppin State University

Seth Forrest, Ph.D., Coppin State University

Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D., Coppin State University

Ralph Stevens, Ph.D., Coppin State University, Emeritus

Eunita Ochola, Ph.D.

JoEllen Lofton

Ellen Carter Cooper

Full source files for the OpenWriting text are available here:  

Source Text (.docx files)

Table of Contents
[current edition 1.0]

Complete Text Here

Chapter 6
Grammar & Mechanics

Chapter 6.1
Sentence Fragments

Chapter 6.2
Run-on Sentences

Chapter 6.3
Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter 6.4

Chapter 6.5
Verb Tense

Chapter 6.6

Chapter 6.7
Comma Usage

Chapter 6.8

Chapter 7
Rhetorical Skills

Chapter 8
Introduction to Academic Research

Chapter 9
Sample Writing Assignments

Chapter 10
Grading Standards

Chapter 11

Chapter 12
Appendix A: Exercise Solutions

Chapter 13
Appendix B:

Chapter 14