Date

8-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Brooke Rollins

Abstract

This thesis describes a community writing project titled, “Bridging Bethlehem: A Community Memoir,” developed by a Lehigh University graduate student in partnership with the Bethlehem Area Public library. Chapter one examines best practices for ethical community engagement for scholars working in the community, especially given the distrust that can exist between universities and their surrounding communities. Chapter one also explores the benefits and importance of personal storytelling for individuals and communities, including personal empowerment and growth, identity formation, and healing from traumatic experiences. Chapter two outlines a pedagogical approach to teaching writing in the community, which is grounded in Freire’s model of liberatory education. Lastly, following Chapter two, I provide plans for facilitating a community writing group focused on memoir and personal narrative.

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