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Writing in Transit

Denise Comer


Ideal for both first-year composition and interdisciplinary writing courses, Writing in Transit offers a two-tiered approach to multidisciplinary writing. Author Denise Comer presents strategies and instruction for navigating the purposes for writing through writing transfer, which encourages students to reflect on what they learn in one context about writing, and about themselves as learners and writers, and then apply, extend, reject, or otherwise modify this knowledge for other disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary contexts. Writing in Transit teaches students how to build practical bridges between disciplines’ discourse conventions by learning about the research and writing process.


Writing in Transit calls students to be reflective in their writing, constantly considering which writing approaches work best for them as individuals and under what writing circumstances. Students learn to ask critical situational writing questions to help transfer their writing knowledge across many contexts.


Textual features of Writing in Transit:

  • Integrates a transfer-based approach to academic writing through multidisciplinary inquiry
  • Approaches writing with a multimodal framework, addressing academic writing in print, visual, digital, and oral formats
  • Provides a compelling range of highly interactive disciplinary-based assignments, with a sequenced spectrum of assignment options
  • Provides engaging readings across disciplines centered on four broad themes with contemporary relevance: travel and adventure; news and information; disaster; and gaming
  • Presents reflections about writing from people of all ages, offering glimpses of writing through an inclusive and international perspective

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Writing Transfer

Chapter 2: Research and Writing as a Process

Chapter 3: Posing Meaningful Questions

Chapter 4: Reading

Chapter 5: Summary

Chapter 6: Synthesis

Chapter 7: Analysis

Chapter 8: Framing Arguments

Chapter 9: Constructing Arguments

Chapter 10: Designing Arguments: Formats and Modalities

Chapter 11: Choosing and Integrating Evidence: Quotes, Paraphrases, Visual Materials, and Data

Chapter 12: Citing Resources





“Transfer is one of the most difficult things for students to grasp—that writing is not one size fits all, and that audience and purpose dictate much in language choices, arrangement, research and citation. Writing in Transit gives students something they lack, which is knowledge of how to transfer their writing abilities in one discipline to that of another.” – Dr. Janice McIntire-Strasburg Director, English CAI Lab Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University “We liked the writing as process and writing transfer focuses, as well as the Write Now activities.” - Dr. Kimberly Reigle English Faculty, Mars Hill University "The two things about Writing in Transit that I am constantly aware of are the focus on explaining how writing is utilized in various disciplines—something that most composition books consistently neglect—and the sophistication of the writing. This is a book that embraces academic language and reads like a college-level text." - Prof. Sean Wilkinson Writing Faculty, CSU San Marcos