Mission Statement

The Coalition for Community Writing (CCW) is an international organization of educators, scholars, writers, students, entrepreneurs, and community change makers who believe in the transformative potential of partnering people across higher education, social innovation, and the public sector to use writing toward social change. CCW provides resources, consultation, and partnership to its members, as well as in-person gatherings, such as its Conference on Community Writing, in order to foster successful writing initiatives that promote healthy and resilient communities. CCW supports community writing through research and publication in its affiliated peer-reviewed journals, Community Literacy Journal and Reflections: Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. It also encourages engaged pedagogy through consultation and mentorship, creative works and public arts, direct programming, leadership development, and relationship building across communities.

Vision Statement

The Coalition for Community Writing (CCW) supports writing as a mindful, creative, and social practice, forged in community partnerships, to promote socially, economically, and environmentally resilient communities. We are reimagining how communities write themselves; how writing is used as a tool for public awareness and expression, for dialogue across difference, and for community building; and how higher education and communities can collaborate toward these ends. We envision a transformation of higher education to encourage impactful curricula and research as essential outputs of institutions that serve as a vital part of their communities.

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