Carnegie Mellon University

Community Literacy Center

The Community Literacy Center, co-directed by English Professor Linda Flower, is a community/university collaborative of Pittsburgh's 80-year-old Community House and the Center for the Study of Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. At the Community Literacy Center (CLC) urban teens and adults, with the support of their Carnegie Mellon student mentors, use writing and public dialogue to take action and to address the dreams and problems of our urban neighborhoods. CLC writers produce powerful texts - petitions, plans, proposals, and newsletters. Their work brings neighborhood, city, and university voices to a common table where diversity is a resource, and collaboration and writing lead to action. And at the end of each project, the writers present their documents and extend the dialogue in a public "Community Conversation" held at the CLC.