Writing Guides


Cougar Canyon, Spoke Hollow Ranch, TX.--photo by L. Irvin

Current Projects


Reflection in the Writing Classroom Between the Drafts

The focus of my dissertation was on reflection between drafts, and this learning space and stance continues to be a focus for my teaching and scholarship. I am currently preparing the manuscript of a revised version of my dissertation for publication.



San Antonio College Writing Center and CRLA Tutor Training

As the SAC Writing Center Assistant Director, my primary efforts are helping to develop and deliver our CRLA Tutor Training to our tutors. The SAC Writing Center maintains training for Level I, II, and III Tutors. During the Summer and Fall of 2019, we have been revising and updating our tutor training materials.



Freshman Composition Common Book Project

As part of the curriculum for the San Antonio College Honor's Academy, students taking Freshman Composition I read a common non-fiction book. The Common Book Project page shares assignments and resources that I developed for these book. Past books include World Without Mind, The Case Against Sugar; Between the World and Me; Merchants of Doubt, and Hot, Flat, and Crowded.



Writing Guides

Writing Guides is website I maintain that contains a set of guides I have developed to assist in my teaching of writing and critical reading. I am constantly tweaking and adding to this resource site.




Past Projects

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2017-2018 Alamo Colleges Faculty/Staff Innovation Grant

Developing a Vertically Aligned Curriculum to Teach Information Literacy Skills in Freshman Composition I and II
--The goal of this innovation grant is to create a set of vertically aligned assignments across both Freshman Composition I and II to develop Information Literacy Skills. This project’s aim is to develop a stair step of assignments that progress through both courses toward a level of literacy that is foundational for student’s continued college education.
--Read Final Report on this project (May 30, 2018)


The San Antonio Writing Project

From 2006-2017, I was the Co-Director for the San Antonio Writing Project, based out of the University of Texas at San Antonio. In that role, I helped facilitate Summer Institutes, coordinate continuity activities, and design and deliver in-service. I helped launch and implement our Write for Texas grant with the Texas Education Agency that ran from 2014-2017, and I also led the 2016-2017 SAWP Advanced Institute on the NWP College-Ready Writer's Program.








The Barn and enCore MOO

From 1998-2007, I was involved with the enCore Consortium, using and helping to maintain the enCore educational MOO learning environment. The Barn is a repository of MOO Code and resources taken from the old enCore Consortium website.

From 1997-2003, I maintained my own enCore MOO called AlaMOO which I used in my own teaching of freshman writing.

enCore High Five website













        Last updates August 24, 2019