English, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Volume 3, Number 1, © 2003 Duke University Press. Used by permission.


Review of Writing Partnerships: Service-Learning in Composition. By Thomas Deans. Urbana, Ill.: National Council of Teachers of English, 2000.

Writing Partnerships is a useful resource for teachers and administrators already engaged in conceptualizing how community-writing initiatives might complement and transform their goals for writing classrooms. While it does not offer ready arguments in support of “commonsense” relationships between writing instruction and social action, Deans’s book does provide fertile ground for future conversations about the value and role of community-writing practices in composition studies and in English departments more generally.