Why attend this conference?

Learn about writing as a tool for social change.  The University of Colorado Boulder’s Program for Writing and Rhetoric is the proud host of the 2017 conference.  We offer a broad array of panels, workshops, DeepThink Tanks, digital displays, and keynotes on a wide variety of topics such as systemic racism, community publishing, feminist practice, contemplative activism, viral messaging, environmental justice, and much more.

Explore 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.

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

Create and innovate projects, pedagogies, research, and partnerships.

Publish!  The Community Literacy Journal will publish a special issue dedicated to presentations and conversations emerging from the conference.  It also accepts manuscripts for consideration year round. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet more than a dozen journal and book editors.

Give!  We are proud to sponsor a donation drive for three local organizations: the YWCA Boulder County’s Children’s Alley and Reading to End Racism programs, Attention Homes for homeless youth, and the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.  Each organization has given us a wish list that you can find here.  We will have donation boxes in the registration area throughout the conference and at the evening performances.  We will honor all three organizations before the Friday evening performance.  Thank you to our friends at The Coalition of Feminist  Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition for helping to make this happen!

Ways to participate
The conference offers a variety of pass options for local Colorado professionals and students.
Day passes and full-conference passes can be purchased here.
The Thursday and Friday evening performances are free and open to the public.  Content is not appropriate for younger audiences.  Bring colleagues, students, and friends, and please help us spread the word!

Enjoy two evening performances that are free and open to the public:
On the Row Poster no Time Place

The Prison Story Project: On the Row and post-performance discussion 
Thursday, October 19, Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC, CU Boulder
Performance at 5:30-6:30; Q&A following show

THE PRISON STORY PROJECT: ON THE ROW is a production of the Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project, which since 2011 has been sending teams of writers into prisons, leading writing workshops with the inmates, and then developing readers’ theatre scripts that are performed by professional actors both for the inmates who write the material and for public audiences. In the summer of 2016, the Prison Story Project undertook its most challenging initiative: eight inmates housed on Arkansas’ Death Row met with Prison Story Project workshop leaders one Saturday a month from May through September to read and discuss imaginative literature and write in response to issues, themes, and problems raised by it. ON THE ROW, the 70-minute script generated by the initiative, was performed on Death Row for the writers on October 8 and subsequently presented to large, enthusiastic public audiences in the weeks and months following the initial performance.
This event is sponsored by The Brown Chair of English Literacy at the University of Arkansas and by
the CU-Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement:  http://colorado.edu/outreach/ooe.


PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life, Elaine Richardson’s One-woman Performance     
Friday, October 20, Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC, CU Boulder
Performance 5:15-6:15

Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, short stints in jail, the cycle of death that was her life, and on top of that, pregnant AGAIN.  It was the end. The only way out was death or prison, but that wasn’t her fate.  Instead, she went to school… and never stopped.  On her journey, she became empowered with knowledge of her culture and history. Today, Dr. Elaine Richardson shares her story of sexual exploitation and other forms of bondage to bring awareness to the plight of those entrapped in urban domestic human trafficking, and to promote healing and empowerment through education.
Funded in part by the (IMPART) Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching) Awards Program at the University of Colorado Boulder and by the CU-Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement:  http://colorado.edu/outreach/ooe 

Conference history
In October 2015, the first Conference on Community Writing (CCW) took place at the University of Colorado Boulder, attracting more than 350 scholars, activists, teachers, and community members representing 42 states, 3 countries, 152 colleges and universities, and 48 community organizations. This large group was drawn to a vision of higher education that connects with local, national, and international communities by using writing for education, public dialogue, and social change.

What is Community Writing?
Popularized by genres such as service-learning, community-based research, community literacy, ethnography, community publishing, and advocacy and activist writing, as well as creative writing, graffiti art, protest songwriting, and social media, community writing locates its work within the broad, historical traditions of rhetoric and composition, literacy studies, race and gender studies, education, communication, and related disciplines.

Join our Community
Day passes and full-conference passes for Colorado locals can be purchased here.
If you would like 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.


2015 Keynote Address by Paul Feigenbaum

2015 Chair’s Address by Veronica House

2015 Chair’s Address by Veronica House


2015 Keynote Address by Eli Goldblatt






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This conference is supported in part by the CU-Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement: http://colorado.edu/outreach/ooe and by the (IMPART) Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching) Awards Program.