Best Writing is an edited volume of student writing at Texas A&M University at Qatar. I have served as co-editor for the 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 volumes, and we are currently working on the 2019 volume, A Thousand Ways to Begin. Each edition includes technical reports, academic essays, personal narratives, and poems written by undergraduates. We also have a university-wide photography contest for the cover photo.
We believe that “best writing” could mean many things: it could mean the best chemical engineering report written by a senior student working on an undergraduate research project with a faculty member, it could mean the best narrative essay written by a first-year student in one of the foundation ESL courses, or it could mean anything in between. We also strive to value language diversity and multiple literacies: we do not edit out ESL markers, and each edition has contained several poems in Arabic. The annual book launch parties reflect our multicultural emphasis by inviting parents and family members to join faculty, staff, and students in celebrating the achievements of the student authors.