Community Writing Center

The Community Writing Center takes the University Writing Center beyond campus into the surrounding community.



Through partnership with the Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research and the English Department, this initiative offers writing instruction as well as creative and professional writing workshops to students enrolled in ACH Clear Pathways  and members of the Hill District and Uptown communities. ACH Clear Pathways nurtures creativity through the visual and performing arts to underserved youth and families of Pittsburgh.


Programming is currently being offered online due to the COVID pandemic, but post-pandemic the Community Writing Center will inhabit a space in ACH Clear Pathways' new headquarters in the Kaufman Building near campus. The address is 510 Heldman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


In Fall 2020, five staff members are working with ACH Clear Pathways' Smile cohort, students age 5-8 years old on their ELA (English Language Arts) schoolwork; "All about Me" creative writing books for ACH Clear Pathways' fall showcase; and other literacy activities, including spoken word poetry and rap.