Conference on Community Writing™


Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

Co-Chairs: Rachel Wenrick, Valerie Ross, and Veronica House
Drexel University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University are the proud hosts of the 2019 Conference

DeepThink Tanks are participatory, action-oriented working sessions focused on critical social and environmental issues.  Attendees actively engage with how to address these issues in our teaching, research, community activism, and organizing.  

Facilitated by scholars and community leaders, CCW 2019 DeepThink Tank themes will include immigration, gentrification, environmental and food justice, youth activism, and racial justice.

The Spring Gardens-Photo credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

A community garden located in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden neighborhood, the aptly named Spring Gardens was built and is maintained exclusively by residents. The former vacant lot now serves as an outdoor classroom, offering seasonal cooking workshops, gardening classes and tours. And the skyline view provides the perfect backdrop for the urban oasis.

Why attend this conference?


about writing as a tool for social change.


projects, pedagogies, research, and partnerships.


with colleagues in your own and related fields and from community contexts — writers, activists, teachers, organizers, and community members. All are welcome!


how to help catalyze and facilitate social change through various types of research, teaching, and writing about, with, for, and by local and global communities.

the number of scholars, activists, teachers, and community members who attended the 2017 conference in Boulder, CO

the number of states from which our attendees came 

the number of colleges, universities, and community organizations represented at the conference.

Writers Room TRIPOD Reading and Showcase at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Attendee Testimonials

To join our community, you can register for our Community Writing listserv, a valuable resource and networking space for scholars, students, teachers, and community members.

Members of the list are welcome to post questions, ideas, and announcements about pedagogy, research, publications, projects, and events regarding community writing and related fields.”

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