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In this new course, we will explore the relationship between writing and communities. Key questions this course will consider include: What is the role of writing and written texts in the formation and maintenance of communities? How do technologies and media affect communities and shape community writing practices? How can writers contribute to their communities in productive ways?

For the service-learning component of this course, we will be working with one of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach units, the Archway Partnership, to help a multi-county coalition develop written materials for the “Traditions Highway” project. The goal is to promote travel along the Georgia’s Highway 15 corridor that runs the length of the state and the texts we create for the project will be published in print and online.

*Course fulfills the Experiential Learning requirement.


This course is structured around a variety of writing projects, including:

  • Discourse community analyses and ethnographic sketches

  • Rhetorical analyses of local publications

  • Articles and informational materials for the "Traditions Highway" project

  • Final portfolio with reflective analysis