“ If this article were open source
you could change this sentence. ”


This essay integrates composition theory with pedagogical practice to redefine what is traditionally viewed as the 'writing classroom.' Specifically, it explores how we can redefine rhetorical invention through the cultural foundations of open source communities. In "An Open Source Composition Space," writing is collaborative, authorship is negated by ideals of shared intellectual property, and students and teachers can learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

What Is 'Open Source'?

What Is Open Source? 'Open’ should be about community and collaboration, which may begin with some guidance from teachers, but ultimately will bloom within the relationships between writers.    Read More »

Open Invention

Open Invention Nearly every open source project has an ongoing, never-ending list of problems waiting to be solved. It’s up to the individual developers to step in, access the code, and pitch in to the overall invention process.    Read More »

Desire and Skill

Desire and Skill Many open source projects stem from a simple need to get a particular task accomplished – or to solve a particular problem. Others come simply from a desire for entertainment, enjoyment, and play.    Read More »

Nurturing Joy in Learning

Nurturing Joy in Learning That inherent creativity that stems from learning through play – through joy – is what drives both desire and need in the open invention process: to invent, inspire, brainstorm, and compose.    Read More »

Tools and Resources

Although the imagination and creativity of the people (that is, the composers, students, and instructors) are the most important part of the brainstorming process, there are several tools and technologies that may be of use to you while setting up your own Open Source Composition Space.

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Tools and Resources