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Community Engaged Writing

Emory Community-Engaged Writing strives to offer students authentic writing opportunities that are useful inside and outside of the classroom. These opportunities are beneficial for students and the surrounding communities they work with, allowing students to comprehend the dialogic and rhetorical nature of writing, while simultaneously fulfilling concrete and practical community needs. Community-engaged writing is an instructional technique that demonstrates to students that writing is a live performance with real consequences, as students work with the community to produce writing with a purpose for others. As a result, students begin to understand that they are already living in the “real world” and have the power and responsibility to engage civically with their local communities. These engagements require students to practice multiple forms of communication including reading, writing, listening, speaking; students compose texts in multimodal and digital forms.