Conference Overview

What is community writing, and who should attend this conference?

The Conference on Community Writing welcomes participants to delve into how various communities write themselves, how writing can be used as a tool for social change, and how faculty, students, artists, and activists can help catalyze and facilitate that change through study and implementation of writing about, with, for, and by local and global communities.  We will have a broad range of panels, workshops, performances, and keynotes on systemic racism, community publishing, contemplative activism, environmental justice, and much more.

We invite participation from academics and graduate students across disciplines, from writers, activists, teachers, organizers, and community members.  All are welcome!

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.



The conference will begin on Thursday morning and end on Saturday at 5:30pm.  Please plan to join us for the full three days.

We will have a meet and greet on Wednesday from 5:30-9:00pm at the Millennium hotel bar with happy hour prices and cash bar.

The Millennium Hotel is the only conference hotel, and it is walking distance to the University of Colorado Boulder student union (UMC), where the conference will take place. We have a conference room block with $139/night room rate.  You can access our room block here:


Travel to Boulder from Denver International Airport is an easy 45-minute drive.  The most popular shuttle services are Green Ride Boulder and SuperShuttle.

Boulder is a casual city, and we’re certainly not a fancy conference.  Please feel free to dress comfortably.  October in Boulder can be sunny and warm or snowy and cold.  Please check the weather before you come. Boulder is at 5,430 ft., and visitors can experience altitude sickness, regardless of physical fitness level.  We recommend drinking lots of water and having snacks handy.