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The Revolution Will be (Live) in the Writing Center: Making Community Connections Through the Center

Hannah Ashley
(West Chester University of PA)
David Jolliffe
(University of Arkansas)

While service learning and community outreach programs are growing in formal educational settings, it remains rare to cross knowledge borders between community literacy work and universities, most especially when the knowledge begins its flow from community to university.

This workshop will focus on the interconnections among writing centers, writing programs and community literacy development. It will feature presentations from five community writing centers (CWCs) local to the Philadelphia area. Each CWC will present on its unique programming and linkages to other educational and community institutions; what role their center plays in the community and local literacy development; best practices; and the kinds of creative strategies that they have used to address challenges, including those around interconnections, publication, economics, staffing, and multiculturalism. Much of the day will be dedicated to working closely with other participants—with the facilitation of speakers and workshop leaders—to discuss approaches for developing strategies to make connections with CWCs in their own locations, develop outreach to others in their communities who are concerned with literacy development, and apply what works in CWC to their own settings. This will be a highly interactive and informative day.

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