Writing, English, and Language Arts OERs

Chris Manning, Sally Pierce, and Melissa Lucken

Christopher Manning has served as a professor of composition and creative writing for over twenty years. In that time, he has drawn on his experience as a social worker and further research to inform presentations focused on addressing barriers to equity in higher education. Apart from teaching extensively at multiple institutions, he has held a variety of faculty leadership positions at several two- and four-year colleges. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Southern and is a ghostwriter and an award-nominated fiction author.

Melissa Ford Lucken is a professor of creative writing and composition at Lansing Community College, where she serves as a faculty editor of The Washington Square Review, the college’s literary journal. She holds an MA in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College. Alongside her academic work, she publishes fiction as Isabelle Drake, and is the author of The Binge Watchers Guide to Riverdale, from Riverdale Avenue Books.

Expression and Inquiry

This is a college text that focuses on the nuts and bolts of academic writing including research, textual analysis, narrative and other inquiry methods as well as analysis. This is an ideal text for first year composition courses.


Cheryl McCormick, Sue Hank, and Ninna Roth

Writing for College Introduction to College Writing with Grammar Skills Review

College Writing with Grammar Skills Review is a collection of reading and writing materials to enable instructors to help students grow in confidence and skills, ultimately to be more successful in college classes. The review of basic English grammar and mechanics reinforces the standard conventions of the English language, stressing the importance of these conventions to create clearer and better-developed writing. Used with selected readings from other sources, College Writing with Grammar Skills Review provides a framework on which to engage developing readers and writers.

Professor Sally Pierce, The Department of Integrated English

Writing LCC: An Anthology of Student Writing Collected at Lansing Community College Lansing, Michigan

Student writing collected from English classes at Lansing Community College with brief notes from instructors. Intended audience–faculty and students. A brief annotated bibliography about publishing student writing and permission form in Appendices.



Martine Courant Rife, JD, PhD, Professor of Writing

Martine’s been teaching college writing 20 years. She’s also the author of Invention, Copyright, and Digital Writing, and co-editor of Legal Issues in Global Contexts: Perspectives on Technical Communication in an International Age, Cultures of Copyright, and Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom.

why the COMMUNITY in community college saved my life: in the 1970s

This is a memoir to use to teach about memoir writing. It’s a story of my experiences growing up as a child of a community college secretary, and then, as a community college student. The interactions I had with the community college back then, in the 1970s, greatly influenced my life’s trajectory. The last chapter contains an assignment I use in college writing: The Mini-Memoir.


Tammy Root, MS Associate Adjunct Professor; Tonjala Eaton, MA  Academic Advisor; Martha Madigan, Ph.D Professor; and Eva Menefee, MA Academic Advisor

ACAD 100: Student Success Pathway at Lansing Community College


Our student population is diverse in age, ethnic/cultural background, and educational background. Our FYE course provides an introduction to the college experience and to skills students need for success. Students will learn and apply strategies for adjusting to college and improving classroom performance. Topics include academic and self-management issues, such as campus resources, study techniques, communication, critical thinking and problem solving, career planning, time management, goal-setting, finances and stress-management. (From Preface)