New Book from Inkshed Publications

Cover of Crossborder Networks in Writing StudiesCross-Border Networks in Writing Studies. Derek Mueller, Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherby Phelps, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. 2017. Published in association with Parlour Press. Available from and in March 2017. Available through Amazon.comParlour Press, or by emailing Roger Graves (if you are in Canada and want to avoid duty costs)

CROSS-BORDER NETWORKS IN WRITING STUDIES coordinates mixed methods approaches to survey, interview, and case study data to study Canadian writing studies scholars. The authors argue for networked disciplinarity, the notion that ideas arise and flow through intellectual networks that connect scholars not only to one another but to widening networks of human and nonhuman actors. Although the Canadian field is historically rooted in the themes of location and national culture, expressing a tension between Canadian independence and dependence on the US field, more recent research suggests a more hybridized North American scholarship rather than one defined in opposition to “rhetoric and composition” in the US. In tracing identities, roles, and rituals of nationally bound considerations of how disciplinarity has been constructed through distant and close methods, this multi-scaled, multi-scopic approach examines the texture of interdependent constructions of the Canadian discipline.​

New publications for faculty development

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program ( has published three new “Quick Guides” to teaching writing:

Scoring Guides and Rubrics: Suggestions from Writing Studies Research by Susan Chaudoir

Responding to Student Writing: Suggestions from Writing Studies Research by Daniel Harvey

The Writing Conference: Suggestions from Writing Studies Research by Daniel Harvey

These documents are short (2 pages), research-based guides to specific aspects of teaching writing in post-secondary institutions. The intended audience is instructors of all levels.
All three are published under a Creative Commons license that allows for you to copy and distribute them as you see fit; you can also adapt them provided you attribute the original to the University of Alberta WAC Program.
We hope you find them useful and welcome your feedback.

New Online Book: Writing in Knowledge Societies

The WAC Clearinghouse has just announced publication of a new edited collection in open-access format: Writing in Knowledge Societies, edited by Doreen Starke-Meyerring and four Canadian colleagues, with chapters by other people you may very well know. It’s available at for free download in PDF format, and you can order a print copy through Parlor Press at

New journal issue on McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan at 100

Table of Contents
McLuhan @ 100
Kevin Brooks, North Dakota State University
David Beard, University of Minnesota, Duluth

The McLuhan Method: Detached Involvement
A Little Epic: McLuhan’s Use of Epyllion
Andrew Chrystall, Massey University

The Mechanical Bride of Pinbot: Learning to Play McLuhan’s Secular Theology
Ron Brooks, Oklahoma State University

I Am McLuhan
Jeff Rice, University of Kentucky

Hectic Zen
Rex Veeder, St. Cloud State University

Education as a Training of the Senses: McLuhan’s Pedagogical Enterprise
Norm Friesen, Thompson Rivers University

Waking The Politics in McLuhan
Martial McLuhan
Michael MacDonald, University of Waterloo

Creative Destruction: War and Peace in the Global Village, Remixed
Steven Hammer, North Dakota State University

All the World’s a Link: The Global Theater of Mobile World Browsers
John Tinnell, University of Florida

Playful-DisPlay: Contemplating McLuhan’s View of the Modern Cadaver
Jane Slemon, University of British Columbia

McLuhan Re-viewed
Review of Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
Patricia Fancher, Clemson University
Carl Whithaus, University of California, Davis
Andrew Mara, North Dakota State University

Teaching McLuhan: Understanding Understanding Media
David Bobbitt, Wesleyan College