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?

In November, 2016, Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced the opening of the Rutgers University-Newark Community Writing Center 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 discourse, 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 hands-on workshops run by professional writers.


Workshops will be held in the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, from 5:30 to 7:30pm every Wednesday evening. Workshops will be held in the first floor cafe of the library and will provide instruction in writing for professional purposes, personal expression, academics, and civic engagement. All workshops are hands-on, so you will leave with a written piece!

Please visit our Facebook page: RU-N Community Writing Center

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - How to Start Your Novel
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - Writing Through Trauma

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Making Writing Fun: The Art of Journaling
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Writing Through Trauma
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Introduction to Playwriting
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - How to Write Like a Filmmaker
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Editing Your Story for Publication
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - Basics of the Short Story
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Writing Flash Fiction
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - Resumes and Cover Letters
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Writing through Trauma
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Writing Through Photography
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Persuasive Writing
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Writing Flash Fiction
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Writing for Social Media
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Writing Free Verse