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Drexel Writers Room

creative placemaking and art for social justice

Drexel Writers Room is engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice.

We start with a story

Writers Room is a university-community literary arts program engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice. Our mission is to develop inclusive, intergenerational, co-creative places that foster connection and community. When all stories are valued, emerging and more experienced writers can recognize and share in each other’s gifts.

Now a center of the College of Arts and Sciences, Writers Room began our co-created programming in 2014 at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel’s urban extension center located along the edge of the University’s campus at the border of the Mantua and Powelton neighborhoods of West Philadelphia.

Creative co-living and community

Simultaneously, Writers Room has created the vision and cross-sector partnerships needed to build Second Story Collective, an innovative shared housing network that will respond to students and neighbors’ urgent need for affordable housing and aging-in-place options in West Philadelphia.

Everything we do is free and open to all

Our calendar of events strive to bring students, faculty, and staff together with local residents for productive conversation through a range of programs, from side-by-side classes, to monthly writing workshops, visiting writers, and cultural events. Writers Room provides our members with the time, space, and expertise required to tell their stories, listen to other’s stories, and examine their experiences for commonality, discord, and meaning.

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