Series Editors
Roger Graves and Heather Graves
University of Alberta

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INKSHED PUBLICATIONS has published books on Canadian writing studies topics (broadly understood to include any of the interest areas described below) for 25 years, including co-publishing ​Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies​ with Parlor Press in 2017. This new series formalizes that publication initiative. We seek to publish books that connect the work of writing studies scholars in Canada with the global writing studies community. We also want to engage with scholars throughout the world who want to connect their work with that done in Canada.

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Proposals for this series will describe how their manuscripts will promote the exchange of ideas and build knowledge through research studies, theory-based critiques, and pedagogically-grounded studies in these broad areas: 

  • writing studies research and pedagogy
  • writing centre research and practice
  • rhetoric (theories of and specific practices)
  • critical literacy studies of all kinds
  • studies of texts and how they are composed, read, and used
  • studies of literature and response to literature
  • studies of multilingual writers working in English
  • and other, allied research fields

We wish to recognize that much of the work being carried out in Canada is not only part of the Canadian conversation, but is among the most innovative work being done in writing studies internationally as well.

Submission and Contact Information

Queries should be directed to the series editors:

Roger Graves ( and Heather Graves (

For complete submission guidelines, see

Your proposal should outline the rationale and projected audience for the book and its relation to other books in the field; include the book's table of contents or a chapter outline, the estimated length and the timetable for completion, and the introduction and a sample chapter. Please also send the c.v. of the author or editor.

Parlor Press is an independent publisher of scholarly and trade titles in print and multimedia formats, including Acrobat eBook, ePub, and Kindle. For additional submission information or to find out about Parlor Press publications visit the website,, write to Parlor Press, 3015 Brackenberry Drive, Anderson SC 29621, or e-mail David Blakesley <>. 765.409.2649.

Books in the Parlor Press Series

  • Uptake, Memory, and Genre: The Discursive Career and Social Effects of the “Housing First” Approach to Homelessness in Canada by Diana Wegner (early 2020).
  • Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies by Derek Mueller, Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherbee Phelps, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon (2017)

Other Inkshed Publications

  • Genre Studies around the Globe: Beyond the Three Tradition, edited by. Natasha Artemeva and Aviva Freedman (2015).
  • Writing in a Community of Practice: Composing Membership in Inkshed by Miriam Horne (2012).
  • Rhetorical Genre Studies and Beyond, edited by Natasha Artemeva and Aviva Freedman (2006).
  • Writing Centres, Writing Seminars, Writing Culture: Writing Instruction in Anglo-Canadian Universities, edited by Roger Graves and Heather Graves (2006).
  • Critical Moments in the Rhetoric of Kenneth Burke: Implications for Composition by Martin Behr (1996).
  • Integrating Visual and Verbal Literacies, by W. F. Garrett-Petts and Donald Lawrence (1996).
  • Writing Instruction in Canadian Universities by Roger Graves (1994).
  • Two Sides to a Story: Gender Difference in Student Narrative by Jaqueline McLeod Rogers (1994).
  • Contextual Literacy: Writing Across the Curriculum, edited by Catherine F. Schryer and Laurence Steven Jaqueline McLeod Rogers (1994).

About the Editors

Roger Graves is Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, and Associate Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books and 30+ articles, including Writing Instruction in Canadian Universities. He is a member of the editorial boards for College English and the IEEE Proceedings on Technical Communication, and publisher of Inkshed Publications, the publications initiative of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL/Inkshed). His current research interests include writing assignments across disciplinary fields and the gamification of peer response systems in writing classrooms. Since 2008, he has given over 250 public presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. From 2014 to 2017 he served on the ISAWR Steering Committee; previously he served on the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (2010-2012) and of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (2008-2014).

Heather Graves is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she teaches academic and technical and business communication. Her research interests include argument in academic discourse, visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of science. She has published three academic books: Rhetoric in(to) Science: Style as Invention in Inquiry in 2005; Writing Centres, Writing Seminars, Writing Culture: Writing Instruction in Anglo-Canadian Universities edited with Roger Graves in 2006; and Interdisciplinarity: Thinking and Writing Beyond Borders edited with Roger Graves in 2010; and four writing textbooks: A Strategic Guide to Technical Communication with Roger Graves in 2007/2012; The Brief Penguin Handbook (Cdn Eds) with Lester Faigley and Roger Graves (2008/2011/2014/2016); The Little Penguin Handbook (Cdn Eds) with Lester Faigley and Roger Graves (2009/2012/2015); and Dynamics of Business and Professional Communication: A Case-Based Approach with Roger Graves (2015).

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