Writing for the Community: Building Better Citizens in the Professional Writing Classroom

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Issue Date
2014
Authors
Devine, Julia
Publisher
The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning
Keywords
grant writing , civic engagement , nonprofit , humanities , collaborative learning , Martha Nussbaum
Abstract
In the fight for the future of the humanities, can teaching grant writing help? This article explores the relationship between civic engagement, the humanities, and the nonprofit world. I demonstrate how my grant writing class gave students not only professional grant writing experience, but also engaged them deeply in the Plattsburgh community and the wider world. I conclude that a classroom emphasizing collaborative learning and community connections makes students into better professionals and better citizens.
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