Community Writing Center

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.


The Community Writing Center will offer writing support in creative expression, professional growth, and academic communication.


Tutoring will be offered on the Rutgers University-Newark campus, Room 126 Conklin Hall, 175 University Avenue from10:00 am to 2:00 pm every first and third Saturday of the month. During tutoring hours, community members will work individually with tutors on projects of their choosing.


Workshops will be held in the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, from 11:00am to 1:00pm the last Saturday of every month. Workshops will provide hands-on skills in writing for professional purposes, personal expression, academics, and civic engagement.

Spring/Summer 2017 workshops

Writing Through Trauma, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Focus on writing as a process for coping with the trauma of grief and loss.

Memoir Writing, Saturday, June 10, 2017
Learn how to get your unique story on the page.

Finding Your Voice in the Community, Saturday, June 24, 2017
Be an active member of your community through clear and convincing writing.

Writing Short Fiction, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Are you a future novelist but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of fiction and leave with a short story.

Establishing a Social Media Presence, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Like it or not, social media is our new means of communication. Learn the language of social media posting.

Writing a Cover Letter/Resume, Saturday, September 30, 2017
Get the job you want through a top-notch resume and cover letter.


Building Community One Word at a Time