Teaching Writing Online: How and Why
Scott Warnock
Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8141-5253-9/234 pages

Reviewed by Geoffrey C. Middlebrook
University of Southern California
Webtext design by John M. Bonham
University of Southern California


Since its publication in 2009, Scott Warnock's book Teaching Writing Online: How and Why, has received a considerable amount of attention. This should be no surprise for Warnock, an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Freshman Writing Program at Drexel University, is well regarded as a voice of authority in the field (he currently serves as a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Committee on Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction). Responses to the volume have been positive, an assessment with which I am for the most part inclined to agree, as will be evident in the Book section. However, my principal aim in this webtext is not narrowly to revisit Teaching Writing Online, but rather to situate it in a larger context that consists of current trends in online education, the Sloan Consortium's paradigm for effective practices online, and a conversation with Warnock himself.