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Writers Room

Project #: 10
Name: Rachel Wenrick (; 215.895.4364) &
Kirsten Kaschock (; 215.571.3446)
Department: English & Philosophy


Writers Room — a College of Arts and Sciences initiative within the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, an urban extension center in West Philadelphia’s “Promise Zone” — is a program that creates authentic relationships between people from diverse backgrounds. We incorporate community members in programming decisions and elicit feedback at every stage, creating trust between the neighborhood and the university. In just under two years, we have created a once-monthly writing workshop series, organized writers’ hours for one-on-one feedback sessions, provided field trips to cultural events and museums, and run successful side-by-side classes incorporating community members, Drexel students, staff and faculty.

Associated Independent Study:

We imagine that your interests will shape the independent project produced while working with Writers Room. Potential projects might take the form of a traditional literature review, a journal article, a portfolio of creative work in response to the research, or a proposal for continued work at Dornsife.

Gained Experience:

You will gain research and development skills essential to creating sustainable nonprofit and community-based ventures. If you desire to do creative work in conjunction with this project, you will be mentored through the process of a creating a fully-realized manuscript/portfolio.


Journal article and grant proposal.


Our humanities fellow would become familiar with the workings of Writers Room, our mission, our organization and administration. Because we are a new initiative, we are interested in having our fellow do a literature review of community literacy programs to establish similarities, differences, best practices and evaluation techniques.


Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, University Writing Program (MacAlister Hall)


We'll have weekly meetings, but our schedule will be determined together.

Interview Availability:

April 12 or 13, 2016