WAC Clearinghouse

Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse, operated through Colorado State University, offers free downloads of many books on writing pedagogy. Some of the titles are listed in the selections on this page, but you may want to browse to find others that interest you.

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The following are monographs of interest to communication instructors.  A few of these books are old enough to be out of print, but they’re worthwhile hunting down.  Some links are to electronic copies and others are to a table of contents or synopsis of the content. Subtitles are included where omission would leave too much ambiguity.


Michael Alley

The Craft of Scientific Writing

The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Charles Bazerman

Constructing Experience

The Informed Writer

Shaping Written Knowledge

Textual Dynamics of the Professions

Traditions of Writing Research

John Bean

Engaging Ideas : The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom

Kenneth Bruffee

Collaborative Learning

Brian Carroll

Writing and Editing for Digital Media

Frederick Crews

The Random House Handbook

Patric Dias et al.

Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing in Academic and Workplace Contexts

Caroline Eisner and Martha Vicinus, editors

Originality, Imitation and Plagiarism

Aviva Freeman and Peter Medway, editors

Genre and the New Rhetoric

Lawrence Frey and Kenneth Cissna

Routledge Handbook of Communication Research

Jürgen Habermas

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Carolyn Handa

Visual Rhetoric in a Digital World

Sara Horton

Access by Design

Web Style Guide 

Henry Jenkins (et al.)

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

Spreadable Media

Daniel J. Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies

Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan Bibliography

Evgeny Morozov

The Net Delusion

Ann Penrose and Steven Katz

Writing in the Sciences

Megan Prelinger

Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman


Janice Redish

Letting Go of the Words

Rebecca Rubin et al.

Communication Research: Strategies and Sources

David Russell

Writing in the Academic Disciplines

Catherine Schreyer and Laurence Steven, editors

Contextual Literacy: Writing Across the Curriculum

Tom Standage

Writing on the Wall

Jose Van Dijck

The Culture of Connectivity

Edward Tufte

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 

Barbara E. Walvoord and Virginia Johnson Anderson

Effective Grading: a Tool for Learning and Assessment in College

Raymond Williams

Essential Writings