New version of "Writing for Success" English comp textbook


This spring I did a thorough revision of “Writing for Success,” an English composition textbook under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

Here is my updated version:

It contains coverage of APA 7 and MLA 9. I have used it in my own English Composition I classes at a community college.

More on what got changed in the revision:

2023 Adaptation

This book, Writing for Success 2023, has been adapted by Jamie Campbell Martin in spring of 2023 from 2015’s Writing for Success. It is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Specific Changes

  • Chapter 1:
    • Removed discussion of learning styles as recent research is skeptical about them. For example, see “Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence” at
    • Added discussion of LMS-provided reminder apps
  • Chapter 5: Updated discussion of the definition of a noun to explain that linguists prefer syntactic definitions to semantic definitions
  • Chapter 11: Added discussion of citation managers such as Zotero
  • Chapter 13:
    • Updated APA coverage to APA 7.
    • Updated MLA coverage to MLA 9 from MLA 7.
    • Added MLA-formatted version of sample research paper for comparison to APA-formatted version
  • Chapter 15: Added my own sample persuasive essay on legalizing medical marijuana
  • Added Works Cited section

General Changes

  • Simplified language for developmental readers
  • Made style updates to agree with APA 7: “internet” for “Internet”, “email” for “e-mail”, etc. (see the APA Publication Manual p. 162).
  • Updated broken links
  • Added comprehensive alt text to images or replaced images with text to improve accessibility for screen readers
  • Reformatted text in GitHub Flavored Markdown. See GitHub Flavored Markdown Spec