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 be held in the first floor cafe of the library. Workshops will provide hands-on skills in writing for professional purposes, personal expression, academics, and civic engagement. All workshops are hands-on, so you will leave with a written piece!

Fall 2017/Spring 2018 workshops

Self Reflection and Memoir, Saturday, November 25, 2017
Use events and reflections from your own life to write a short memoir or start on a longer project.

The Art of Poetry, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Tap into your inner poet as you learn several different forms of poetry.

Blogging Your Expertise, Saturday, January 27, 2018
Share your personal expertise through a blog of your own creation.

Writing Effective Dialogue, Saturday, February 24, 2018
Give life to your short stories or novel through this workshop on writing effective and believable dialogue.

Writing Through Photographs, Saturday, March 31, 2018
Use photographs to explore concepts of analysis, voice, and style.




Building Community One Word at a Time