University and City collaborate on opening of Community Writing Center – Building Community One Word at a Time

Ever wanted to write your own memoir?  Is there a poem inside of you waiting to come out?  Need help on your college application essay? Would you like to learn how to speak publicly and stop those knees from shaking? Draft business correspondence?

Rutgers University – Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Mayor Ras J. Baraka are pleased to announce the opening of the Rutgers University-Newark Community Writing Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016 to support Newark residents in accomplishing these creative and professional goals and much more.

The mission of the Center is to support creative expression, information literacy, fluency in academic and professional discourses, and community engagement in civic affairs through the craft of writing. Founded on the belief that writing is socially transformative and affords possibilities for self and social reflection, growth, and mobility, the Center will provide Newark residents with access to professional tutors and workshop leaders.

This Center will offer writing support in creative expression, professional growth, and academic support. Tutoring will be offered on the Rutgers University-Newark campus, Room 126 Conklin Hall, 175 University Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every first and third Saturday of the month, starting in November. In January 2017, the Center will begin to offer monthly writing workshops as well.

During tutoring hours, community members will work individually with tutors on projects of their choosing. The workshops will provide hands-on skills in writing for professional purposes, personal expression, academics, and civic engagement. Upcoming workshops include Writing through Trauma, Literacy through Photography, Writing and Citizenship, Letters to the Editor, Journaling and Creative Writing, and Writing A College Application Essay. 

ABOUT: Rutgers University–Newark Community Writing Center is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and is a collaborative project involving the Rutgers University-Newark Writing Program, the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, the Portrait Studio, and the City of Newark.

CONTACT:  Marne Benson, Rutgers University-Newark Writing Center,

For more information, contact: Marne Benson,


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