Twelve Years of e-Vision

From 2000-2012, the e-Vision Journal of First-Year Writing published the excellent work created by students in James Madison University's first-year writing courses.

Through twelve volumes, e-Vision and the undergraduate students who served on the e-Vision Editorial Board gave these engaging, provocative, fundamentally useful texts the wider audience they deserve.

All 104 e-Vision essays have been published again on JMU's Scholarly Commons platform.

If you've ever wondered just how wide that wider e-Vision audience might be, check out the map below.

The e-Vision Index

Looking for essays that model a specific tactic or style, or that engage a specific subject? Trying to track down a specific e-Vision writer or essay?

TACTIC and STYLE INDEX: Useful lists of effective essays that offer rhetorical analysis, engage primary and secondary sources, incorporate multimedia, organize and transition between paragraphs, begin well and end better, target and connect with a specific audience, create a memorable style or voice….

SUBJECT INDEX: Art, popular culture, the environment, gender roles, 9/11, racial and ethnic identity, religion and spirituality, writing about reading and writing, family and wellness, technology, dystopia.... It's all here.

TITLE INDEX: Browse through 104 really good titles.

AUTHOR INDEX: You love the writer, but cannot remember the name. All 102 e-Vision authors are available here.

e-Vision: Publishing History

The student editors and faculty advisors who created e-Vision in 2000 hoped that the journal could be a celebration, a showcase, and a resource. Through 12 volumes and almost 100 editors, the "About Volume 1 of e-Vision" page stood as the journal's mission statement. Both before and after the e-Vision extracurricular commitment (with snacks) became a for-credit course, editors often served through multiple volumes, with at least five editors contributing over three different volumes.

e-Vision honors its history. The e-Vision Scholarly Commons site preserves most of the journal's published material, and we’re still working to fill or fix a few of the blanks. e-Vision built versions 1 and 3 of its website from scratch, and the template we adopted for version 2 served us well:

The e-Vision Editorial Board always believed that the excellent work published from JMU's first-year writing courses could be more than increasingly dated relics buried at the back of an increasingly dusty trophy case. Before Adobe Dreamweaver deprecated and then did away with popout menus as a design option, e-Vision editors began cross-referencing our growing list of published essays. In the process, we discovered that e-Vision essays do more than offer models of thought, style, organization, and genre. Across courses, volumes, and years, e-Vision essays talk to one another in provocative, engaging, and fundamentally useful ways.

e-Vision is sponsored by James Madison University's School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. For more information, contact Kevin Jefferson (


In 2012, WRTC launched Lexia, a journal dedicated to publishing the excellent work produced in all WRTC undergraduate courses. Through five volumes—2013-2017—Lexia undergraduate editors shared the diverse texts created in the disciplines of writing, rhetoric, and technical communications.

The Wider e-Vision Audience

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