Founder of Writing to Win

Warren E. Combs, Ph.D.

Doctorate of English linguistics

Dr. Combs is a former classroom teacher and university professor. He received degrees in English and English linguistics from Evangel University, Missouri State University and the University of Minnesota. He taught undergraduates at Evangel and the University of Minnesota and served on the graduate faculties of the University of Georgia, Mercer University and Western Washington University. Dr. Combs’ doctoral dissertation was an early study of the nature and effects of sentence-combining practice on the writing development of students (Research in the Teaching of English, 2, 1976). As professor of language education, he advised graduate students in further explorations of sentence-combining practice. He continued to publish articles and books in the teaching of writing and was a member of the successful author team for The Writing Process, Allyn and Bacon, 1982.

The Timothy Road Writing Project, a federally funded project, expanded under Dr. Combs’ leadership and was incorporated as Erincort Consulting, Inc. (1986), the sole source of the Writing to Win® series (1986, 1997, 2005, 2011 and 2013). At present the series includes three instructional routines correlated to Common Core State Standards:


Writing to Win titles                                              Common Core State Standards

Daily Writing to Learn the Curriculum                   Constructed Responses

A Writing Cycle for the Writing Process                Extended Responses

Sentence Building                                                 Applied Grammar


All lessons, strategies and instructional tools in these series arise from Dr. Combs’ experiences in classrooms of students. Each initiative includes instructional materials for teach­ers and students. In the first decade of this century, these routines have served over 250 K-12 schools across the United States. 140 of them have been recognized as Exemplary Schools of Writing.

Dr. Combs is a longtime member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Develop­ment, the National Council of Teachers of English, Learning First (the National Staff Develop­ment Council) and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. He serves as a reviewer for several national journals. He has presented regularly at Georgia regional service agencies, High Schools that Work, Learning First, Making Middle Grades Work, Missouri’s Building Bridges, several National Writing Projects, and South Dakota’s Career and Technical Education Conference. He has authored three professional development texts for teachers distributed by Taylor and Francis Group: Empowering Students to Write and RE-write: standards-based strategies for middle and high school teachers (2010), Writer’s Workshop for the Common Core: a step-by-step guide for grade 3-8 teachers (2012), and Constructed Responses for Learning (2016).

Dr. Combs lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and professional colleague, Arnelle. They have three adult children and four grandchildren who live in Georgia and North Carolina.