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 in the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, 1st Floor Cafe every Saturday from 11am to 1 pm. 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 1:00 to 3:00pm every other Saturday through the end of June. Workshops will be held in the first floor cafe of the library and 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!

Spring/Summer 2018 workshops
Saturday, April 28, 1-3 pm
How to Write a CV and Cover Letter
The focus of this workshop is on constructing an effective CV and cover letter. Areas of focus will include: job experience, education, skills, community service, and references.
Saturday, May 12, 1-3 pm
Writing Flash Fiction
Genre-bending flash fiction borrows from the techniques of both storytelling and poetry to complete powerful miniature works. After reading and discussing existing pieces of prose, poetry, and flash fiction in order to observe the conventions of the form, workshop participants will create and share their own micro-stories.
Saturday, June 2, 1-3 pm
Memory and Image
Participants will bring their own meaningful photographs or other images to this workshop, where they will write individual pieces of poetry and prose in response to them. We will mine our personal histories and will memorialize our experiences with the written word.
Saturday, June 16, 1-3 pm
Writing Character
This workshop will focus on developing characters in fiction. In discussing how to create strong characters in stories, we will read some examples and then practice developing character through description, dialogue, and scene-building.
Saturday, June 30, 1-3 pm
Blogging embodies so much about our culture today- our needs for immediacy, for connection, for recognition and growth. After discussions of brand identity and audience, this workshop will lead each participant through crafting and creating a set of serialized posts authentic to their voice and purpose.


Fall 2017/Spring 2018 workshops

Self Reflection and Memoir, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 11am-1pm
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, 11am-1pm
Tap into your inner poet as you learn several different forms of poetry.

Blogging Your Expertise, Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11am-1pm
Share your personal expertise through a blog of your own creation.

Writing Effective Dialogue, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11am-1pm
Give life to your short stories or novel through this workshop on writing effective and believable dialogue.

Writing Through Photographs, Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11am-1pm
Use photographs to explore concepts of analysis, voice, and style.


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1st and 3rd Saturday of the month

Rutgers University-Newark Writing Center
Conklin 126
175 University Avenue, Newark, NJ