Waymeet is a publicly accessible, nonprofit, digital journal devoted to sharing pedagogical resources and research for teaching the works and life of J. R. R. Tolkien at the post-secondary school level. It began as an outgrowth of the ideas and methods discussed in Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series), edited by Leslie A. Donovan (forthcoming August 1, 2015), but became an independent project when contributors to the collection realized the need for practical teaching resources on Tolkien’s works and life had evolved over the process of publishing the book and would continue to expand in the future. An initial version was launched in 2013, but only became publicly promoted in the summer of 2015.
All works published on Waymeet must be related to the teaching of J. R. R. Tolkien and/or his works and must have been developed by a teacher who has used it successfully in one or more college-level courses. Works submitted to Waymeet for publication are peer-reviewed by an Editorial Board whose members will determine their suitability for publication.
Since a variety of resources exist for teaching Tolkien’s works in elementary and secondary school settings, Waymeet seeks to serve instead the needs of teachers in post-secondary institutions. Therefore, contributors must be current or former teachers at any type of post-secondary school, including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, community colleges, and technical-vocational institutions. We welcome submissions from tenured or tenure track faculty, lecturers, adjunct faculty, and graduate teaching assistants. Since resources and research published on Waymeet are organized primarily to serve the practical needs of teachers, works will be published on an ongoing basis, rather than through a sequence of chronological editions or issues, as is traditional in print journals.