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Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) Series Submission Information

The aim of the CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric Series is to influence how we think about language in action and especially how writing gets taught at the college level. The methods of studies vary from the critical to historical to linguistic to ethnographic, and their authors draw on work in various fields that inform composition—including rhetoric, communication, education, discourse analysis, psychology, cultural studies, and literature. Their focuses are similarly diverse—ranging from individual writers and teachers, to work on classrooms and communities and curricula, to analyses of the social, political, and material contexts of writing and its teaching.

Still, all SWR volumes try in some way to inform the practice of writing teachers, students, or administrators. Their approach is synthetic, their style concise and pointed. Complete manuscripts run from 40,000–50,000 words, or about 150–200 pages. Authors should imagine their work in the hands of writing teachers and all who are interested in how we make our ways with language. Click here for a list of current books in the SWR Series.

SWR was one of the first scholarly book series to focus on the teaching of writing. It was established in 1980 by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in order to promote research in the emerging field of writing studies. As our field has grown, the research sponsored by SWR has continued to articulate the commitment of CCCC to supporting the work of writing teachers as reflective practitioners and intellectuals.


We are eager to identify influential work in writing and rhetoric as it emerges. We thus ask authors to send us project proposals that clearly situate their work in the field and show how they aim to redirect our ongoing conversations about writing and its teaching. Proposals should include an overview of the project, a brief annotated table of contents, and a sample chapter. They should not exceed 10,000 words.

NOTE: We do not accept unrevised dissertations.

To submit a proposal, please register as an author on the Editorial Manager site for the NCTE Books Program. Once registered, follow the steps to submit a proposal (be sure to choose SWR Book Proposal from the drop-down list of article submission types).

Contact SWR Editor Steve Parks at

SWR Editor Search Procedures

SWR Editorial Advisory Board
Steve Parks, SWR Editor, University of Virginia
Kevin Browne, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (2017-2020)
Ellen Cushman, Northeastern University (2016-2019)
Laura Gonzales, University of Texas-El Paso (2018-2021)
Haivan Hoang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2017-2020)
Carmen Kynard, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2017-2020)
Paula Mathieu, Boston College (2017-2020)
Staci Perryman-Clark, Western Michigan University (2019-2022)
Eric Pritchard, University at Buffalo (2018-2021)
Jacqueline Rhodes, Michigan State University (2016-2019)
Tiffany Rousculp, Salt Lake Community College (2018-2021)
Khirsten Scott, University of Pittsburgh (2019-2022)
Jody Shipka, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (2016-2019)
Bo Wang, California State University, Fresno (2019-2022)


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