Writing on the Edge, an interdisciplinary journal focusing on writing and the teaching of writing, is aimed primarily at college-level composition teachers and others interested in writing and writing instruction. First published in 1989, WOE is currently entering its 27th year of continuous publication. It is edited and published at the University of California, Davis and appears two times a year—in spring and fall.
WOE continues to explore new domains of composition and writing studies. We have revised this website to encourage an ongoing conversation that attempts to define limits and explore possibilities. The edges that interest us are less “out there” and more “in here.” We are interested in the spaces between genres, in exploring the boundaries that tell us we are reading this or that: a business letter or a personal essay, a personal statement or a short story. We recognize and celebrate the evolving landscape of writing studies, and seek to reflect that evolution in both the pages of our print journal and the electronic pages of this site. We want our articles to be enjoyable to read as well as stimulating for their contributions to pedagogical theory and practice.
We publish articles that capture the excitement of writing and teaching, so we encourage authors to experiment with other forms besides the traditional academic journal article. As is our tradition, we are still looking for a wide range of genres, including personal essays, humor, and fiction, but we are open to further explorations into multimodal and mixed genres. We publish everything from creative nonfiction and poetry to excerpts of graphic novels and literacy narratives. We also want articles well-grounded in scholarship that tell us something new about our profession, that challenge our established ways of thinking, and that stimulate us to reexamine what we are doing as teachers and writers. We want readers to sense the person as well as the scholar behind the writing, and whatever the genre or point of view, we emphasize the quality of the writing as the foundation of our editorial decisions.