52 English Literature and Writing

Also see English Literature and Writing OER in development.
English Composition I and II and Intro to Literature: These documents map OER (curated by librarians and vetted for content and alignment by subject matter experts) to specific outcomes/competencies or items for these courses (ENG 121; ENG 122; LIT 115, Colorado).
Last update: June 13/24


88 Open Essays (CC BY-SA) Edited By Sarah Wangler & Tina Ulrich

These essays were collected from online magazines that offer their articles under Creative Commons licenses.  A few are from individual authors who generously agreed to give their work an open license in order to share it for this collection.

My Slipper Floated Away: New American Memoirs (CC BY-NC-ND) Editor: Justine Hope Blau

An anthology of fresh, compelling essays written by students at Lehman College in the Bronx. The writers are immigrants or the children of immigrants and/or POC.


Digitized Shakespeare (CC BY) by the University of Edinburgh

A library’s rich holdings of early English drama include the majority of editions of William Shakespeare published before 1660

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (CC0)

A collection of over 25,000 XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions of early print books produced by The Text Creation Partnership. They transcribe and mark up the text from the millions of page images in ProQuest’s Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex’s Evans Early American Imprints.

This is a British Columbia created resource.Making Nineteenth-Century Literary Environments (CC BY-NC-ND)  Dr. Margaret Linley

A collection of student papers from the Simon Fraser University course English 435: Topics in the Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century. All papers have been peer reviewed by the students, received instructor feedback, and revised for publication.

Project Gutenberg (Public domain)

A collection of public domain literature available in multiple formats.

This is a Canadian created resourceThomas Raddall’s Short Stories (CC BY-NC-SA) by Thomas Raddall

This digital edition contains five short stories by Thomas Raddall from unpublished and undated typescripts held in the Dalhousie University Archives.

The Victorian Web (Various CC licences) by various

A collection of primary and secondary materials (books, articles, images) in British Victorian economics, literature, philosophy, political and social history, science, technology, and visual arts. Although the site concentrates on Great Britain in the age of Victoria (1837–1901), it includes much material before and after those years, particularly in sculpture and architecture, and the site also has a good deal of comparative material.


This is a Canadian created resourceMind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives (CC BY) ed. by Mary Helen McMurren and Alison Conway

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter investigates the relationship between the eighteenth century’s two predominant approaches to the natural world — mechanistic materialism and vitalism — in the works of leading British and French writers such as Daniel Defoe, William Hogarth, Laurence Sterne, the third Earl of Shaftesbury and Denis Diderot.

Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries (CC BY-NC) by Von Drasek, Lisa

A guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour-long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers.

Supplementary Materials

This is a Canadian created resourceAPA Style Citation Tutorial, 7th edition (CC BY-NC-SA) by Sarah Adams and Debbie Feisst

This tutorial covers why it is important to use citations, elements of common source types, and how to create reference and in-text citations based on the 7th edition APA guidelines. This tutorial can also be used a reference resource.

Moon of the Crusted Snow: Reading Guide This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA) by Anna Rodrigues and Kaitlyn Watson

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice is a fictional novel that looks at how an Anishinaabe First Nation, in northern Ontario, deals with an unknown event that leaves the community isolated, without power or phone service, and limited food sources as winter sets in. This guide, developed collaboratively with the author, discusses themes and connections, quotes, resources, discussion questions, activities, and additional readings.

WISC-Online Literature Learning Objects (CC BY-NC) by Various

A collection of learning objects on various topics in literature comprehension.


Academic IntegrityThis is a British Columbia created resource. (CC BY-NC-SA) by Ulrike Kestler

An interactive approach to conveying the values of academic integrity, clarifying the meaning of plagiarism, and introducing the basics of citations, quoting and paraphrasing.

Academic Writing Basics This is a British Columbia created resource.(CC BY-NC-SA) by Megan Robertson

Designed specifically for Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, this Pressbook offers interactive activities and strategies for developing academic writing skills. Learners have the opportunity to review key parts of the writing process from interpreting their assignment instructions, organizing their ideas, drafting their writing, and revising their work.

Becoming America: An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution (CC BY-SA) by Wendy Kurant

Featuring sixty-nine authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the diverse voices in early American literature. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that is embedded in American history and has helped shaped its culture.

Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy (CC BY-SA) by Steven Brehe, Ph.D.

This book provides an in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon. It includes practices exercises, a full glossary and index, and easy-to-read language.

British Literature: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Neoclassicsm (CC BY-SA) ed. by B. J. Robinson and Laura Getty.

Featuring over 50 authors and full texts of their works, this anthology follows the shift of monarchic to parliamentarian rule in Britain, and the heroic epic to the more egalitarian novel as genre.

British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond (CC BY-SA) ed. by B. J. Robinson

Featuring 37 authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the literature developed within and developing through their respective eras. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that has captivated readers in the past and still holds us now.

Compact Anthology of World Literature (CC BY-SA) ed. by Laura Getty

The emphasis in this anthology is on non-Western and European works, with only the British authors who were the most influential to European and non-Western authors (such as Shakespeare, whose works have influenced authors around the world to the present day).

Compact Anthology of World Literature II (CC BY-SA) by Anita Turlington, Matthew Horton, Karen Dodson, Laura Getty, Kyounghye Kwon, and Laura Ng

This book is a continuation of Compact Anthology of World Literature. This literature anthology contains three sections: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which includes information on the Age of Reason and the Near East and Asia; the long nineteenth century, which covers romanticism and realism; and the twentieth century and contemporary literature, which talks about modernism and postcolonial literature. Instructor resources are available for this book by request to the publisher.

Consequential Contexts (CC BY-NC) by Johanna L. Phelps

Principles for Effective Community Engagement in Technical and Professional Writing.

Contribute a Verse: An Introduction to First Year Composition (CC BY-SA) ed. by Tanya Long Bennett

This text combines a composition rhetoric manual with grammar and documentation instruction and resources, components that can be flexibly arranged to fit instructors’ classroom plans. Its contents include Reading Critically/Engaging the Material; Rhetorical Situations; Effective Argument; Introductions and Conclusions; Logic of Assertion, Evidence, and Interpretation; Documentation; Visual Rhetoric; Multi-Modality; Inter-disciplinary Writing; and Grammar.

Elements of Creative Writing (CC BY-NC) by University of Northern Iowa

This textbook introduces new writers to some basic elements of the craft of creative writing. We’ve selected nearly all of our readings and examples from writing that has appeared in our pages over the years. Because we had a hand in publishing these pieces originally, our perspective as editors permeates this book. As such, we hope that even seasoned writers might gain insight into the aesthetics of our magazine as we analyze and discuss some reasons we think this work is so remarkable—and therefore teachable.

EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers (CC BY-NC) by Shane Abrams

This is a reader and rhetoric that champions the possibilities of student writing. The textbook uses actual student writing to exemplify effective writing strategies, celebrating dedicated college writing students to encourage and instruct their successors: the students in your class.

English 101 E-Text Writing for the Rhetorical Situation [Word] (CC BY) by Emily Wicker Wigon

This e-text focuses on writing for the rhetorical situation. The e-text will not give you a formula for writing, but it will teach you tools that you can use in your writing. These tools will help you decipher the rhetorical situation and how to address it accordingly.

English Composition 1 (CC BY) by Herschel Shepard

Students learn the writing process and prewriting, grammar for parts of speech, punctuation and sentences, preparing to write, the first draft, revising, editing, and proofreading, narrative, comparison/contrast, and argumentative modes, and reading and research.

English Composition 2 (CC BY) by Julie Groesch

Students build on what they learned in Comp I and practice critical reading, deepen knowledge about and how to use academic research, develop understanding of argument and other modes of persuasion, and practice revising and editing.

English Literature II (CC-BY) by Whitney Nelson

English Literature: Victorians and Moderns provides annotated teaching editions of many of the most frequently-taught classics of Victorian and Modern poetry, fiction and drama, it also provides a series of guided research casebooks which make available numerous published essays from open access books and journals, as well as several reprinted critical essays from established learned journals such as English Studies in Canada and the Aldous Huxley Annual with the permission of the authors and editors. Designed to supplement the annotated complete texts of three famous short novels: Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, each casebook offers cross-disciplinary guided research topics,  including History, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Biology, and Psychology. Selections have also been included to encourage topical, thematic, and generic cross-referencing. Students will also be exposed to a wide-range of approaches, including new-critical, psychoanalytic, historical, and feminist.

Entering the Conversation: A College Composition Compilation (CC BY) by Naomi Salmon (Editor)

A collection of readings that emerged out of partnerships between OER enthusiasts, composition instructors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and contributors who shared ideas and resources on a Twitter thread about open composition.

This is a British Columbia created resource.Fronts of Modernity: The 20th-Century Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries [PDF] (CC BY-NC-ND) Edited by J. Matthew Hucula

This book outlines 20th-century collections held at the University of Victoria. For more information, read the book review.

A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre, and Success in First-Year Writing (CC BY-NC-SA) by Melanie Gagich & Emilie Zickel

This book combines the Introduction to Writing in College by Melanie Gagich and ENG 102: Reading, Writing and Research by Emilie Zickel. This book also contains complete and remixed chapters from other authorslinks to several essays from the open source textbook series Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, and several links to articles from the open source website Writing CommonsAdditionallyparts of this book also come out of a remixed version of Robin Jeffrey’s, About Writingwhich have been rearranged, amended, edited, and enhanced with digital reading experience by including videos and visual reading features.

Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research (CC BY-NC-SA) edited by Terri Pantuso,  Sarah LeMire,  Kathy Anders

This book is appropriate for a first-year composition course focusing on academic writing, reading, researching, and speaking. Major concepts in argument theory are covered.

Kids Read the Best Stuff (CC BY-NC-SA) by Sybil Priebe

This textbook from North Dakota State College covers the study of children’s literature.

Novels for the End of a World (CC-BY-NC-ND) by Nathan Richardson

This textbook is an introduction to the twenty-first century novel as written and published across the Spanish-speaking world. It becomes at once an overview of major trends in narrative across the Spanish-speaking world and a trip through the rich, wide variety of local life. Arising out of this literary adventure is one thread common to all: that beyond the end is a barely distinguishable glimmer of light, a sign of new ways for a new world.

Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature (CC BY) Edited by: Timothy Robbins

This textbook takes a distinctly socio-historical approach to introducing Early American literature. The anthology will allow students to engage with literature in exciting and dynamic ways.

Open Technical Writing: An Open-Access Text for Instruction in Technical and Professional Writing (CC BY-SA) by Adam Rex Pope

This book presents technical writing as an approach to researching and carrying out writing that centers on technical subject matter. Each and every chapter is devoted to helping students understand that good technical writing is situationally-aware and context-driven.

Technical and Report Writing (CC BY)  by Amber Kinonen

This textbook provides an introduction to technical and report writing for first-year students. It also covers ethical and legal obligations, social and collaborative communication, types of technical documents, and research.

Technical Writing @SLCC (CC BY-NC) by Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies at SLCC

This textbook is for use in the English 2100 Technical Writing courses at Salt Lake Community College. It contains  reading materials that the Technical Writing Committee of the English department have deemed important for students of ENGL 2100 to learn.

Technical Writing Essentials (CC-BY)   by Suzan Last

This open textbook is designed to introduce readers to the basics of technical communication: audience and task analysis in workplace contexts, clear and concise communications style, effective document design, teamwork and collaboration, and fundamental research skills.

Verb Tenses for English for Academic Purposes (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) by Sari Martin, Virginia McHardy

This book covers Verb Tense lessons for Georgian College’s English for Academic Purposes program. The book reuses some activities from Effective English for Teachers, but has been created with it’s own structure and unique content. Reused activities and source materials are marked throughout the book.

The Woman in White: Grangerized Edition (CC BY) by Wilkie Collins; The 19th-Century Open Pedagogy Project; and Naomi Salmon

This text is the beta version of a participatory critical edition of Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White. By “beta version,” we mean “text in progress.” During 2019, we’ll be composing and publishing additional supplemental content to accompany the novel.

World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650 (CC BY-SA) ed by Laura Getty, Ph.D., Kyounghye Kwon, Ph.D., Rhonda Kelley, Ph.D., Douglas Thomson, Ph.D.

A three-part textbook taking a comparative approach to world literature from the beginning.

A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading (CC BY-NC-ND) By Ellen C. Carillo

This book develops and enacts the mindful reading pedagogy described in Ellen C. Carillo’s scholarly monograph Securing a Place for Reading in Composition: The Importance of Teaching for Transfer (Utah State UP). Offering a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction by focusing on reading and writing, A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading supports students as they become more reflective, deliberate, and mindful readers and writers by working within a metacognitive framework.

Writing Guide with Handbook (CC BY) Senior Contributing Authors: Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Spelman College; Maria Jerskey, City University of New York; featuring Toby Fulwiler, Emeritus, University of Vermont.

This resource from Open Stax aligns to the goals, topics, and objectives of many first-year writing and composition courses. It is organized according to relevant genres, and focuses on the writing process, effective writing practices or strategies—including graphic organizers, writing frames, and word banks to support visual learning—and conventions of usage and style. The text includes an editing and documentation handbook, which provides information on grammar and mechanics, common usage errors, and citation styles.

Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication (CC BY-SA) by Tanya Long Bennett

Writing and Literature builds a new conversation covering various genres of literature and writing. Students learn the various writing styles appropriate for analyzing, addressing, and critiquing these genres including poetry, novels, dramas, and research writing. The text and its pairing of helpful visual aids throughout emphasizes the importance of critical reading and analysis in producing a successful composition.

Writing the Nation: Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present (CC BY-SA) ed. by Amy Berke, Robert R. Bleil, Jordan Cofer, Doug Davis.

An anthology of American literature since 1865.


This is a British Columbia created resource.Open Modernisms Anthology Builder (CC BY) Author: Stephen Ross and Matt Huculak

An online platform that allows instructors to build custom anthologies of out-of-copyright primary materials for the period 1850–1950.


Videos on Composition (CC BY) By Lance Eaton from Massachusetts’ based North Shore Community College.

Writability Podcast (CC BY-NC)

An openly licensed series of conversations with our faculty and staff: podcast episode topics range from tips for successful online students to the 5-paragraph essay to remote Library services. Most episodes are English and/or writing-focused but include a lot of cross-discipline conversations as well. The podcast with transcripts is housed in a library-hosted LibGuide; they’re also accessible from the Internet Archive and podcast apps.


The Nature of Writing This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-ND) by Conrad van Dyck

The Nature of Writing provides instructional videos, prose explanations, exercises, and sample assignments on topics like parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, mechanics, essay writing, citation, and more.

Roughwriter’s Guide: A Handbook for Writing Well (CC BY-NC-SA) by Dr. Karen Palmer and Dr. Sandi Van Lieu

This guide provides students with help navigating academic writing, including all aspects of the writing process, MLA and APA formatting, and grammatical and mechanical issues.

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This chapter is adapted from English Literature and Writing in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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