Background:

The Wayne State composition faculty have built the community-based writing program from the ground up, starting with undergraduate courses focused on supporting local literacy programs in elementary and middle schools. From there, graduate-student mentoring developed into research assistantships, which led to the development of graduate seminars and research projects in community literacy. Today, Community Writing @ Wayne represents a small core of faculty and graduate students committed to effecting social change by teaching and researching literate practices in local communities.

  • Undergraduate students may take a service-learning course by enrolling in Writing and Community, ENG 3020, which fulfills the Intermediate Composition requirement (see the Wayne State University schedule of classes).
  • Graduate students who wish to enroll in a community-based seminar should check the schedule of current course offerings or contact Dr. Jeff Pruchnic to pursue a directed study.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants in the department of English may apply to teach English 3020: Community and Writing – our community based intermediate composition course – after completing two years of teaching at Wayne State. Interested students should contact Dr. Jeff Pruchnic.