“Writing with … The Press produces attractive full-color, illustrated editions serving a community readership on issues of concern to Iowans, partners with Iowa organizations to promote positive interaction and community betterment, and provides students with practical knowledge of book editing and production with a cross-disciplinary and collaborative focus.”

A unique small-press publisher since 2014, the Community Press is a two-year curriculum based publishing  and community engagement experience that includes students and faculty from several academic disciplines, along with a selected non-profit partner with a story to tell about their mission. 

“Writing With” emphasizes the collaborative nature of our Press; all campus and community stakeholders serve as contributors to the production process. We are all students in some form and teachers in another, negotiating across boundaries of community and cultural background toward a common goal.

We share the purpose of producing beautifully researched, written, and designed publications that serve a community readership on issues of concern to Iowans. In addition, our books raise several thousands of dollars in support of the organization with whom we partner.

  • The idea of “Writing with” isn’t a common one, but as the current Senior Editor for the Drake Community Press (DCP), it is a concept by which I live. “Writing with” is a fairly new theory that guides professional and personal development in the workplace. It encompasses everything that we value here at the DCP: “Our process is flexible, interactive,......

  • Hello readers! Hannah Nuss here, current Assistant Editorial Intern for the Drake Community Press. Over the course of completing our publication, I’ll be keeping you updated on the many facets and faces that make up this wonderful project! My first blog entry is focused on the Community Writing class taught by Carol Spaulding-Kruse, the Director of DCP. I’m fortunate enough......

  • Join DCP in its current partnership with Above + Beyond Cancer (ABC) for an “Evening of Inspiration,” April 16th @ 5:30 p.m. in Parent’s Hall in the Olmsted Building at Drake University! This Event will feature a short film from Above + Beyond Cancer showcasing their work, stories of transformational journeys, and some inspiring words from the current Chair and......

  • The interns of the Drake Community Press had a wonderful time at our first appearance at the DSM Book Festival. We were given the opportunity to make connections with community members and sell copies of all three titles of our past books. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us! We can’t wait for our return in the future....

  • Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion about A Spectrum of Faith. Writers and editors from Drake University will speak and engage in discussion about their 2017 book A Spectrum of Faith–a collaborative effort between students and members of 15 different religious traditions in the Des Moines community. The goal of the book is to make Iowans......

  • The Drake Community Press Announces Partnership With Above + Beyond Cancer   The Drake Community Press is one of few community presses in the country. A community press is based off the idea that a publication is truly a collaborative process between the press and the community. Here at the Drake Community Press, we embody this with our mission: “writing......

  • Sarah Mondello, a public relations, writing, and graphic design student at Drake University, has received Honorable Mention for 2017 PR Intern of the Year by PR News, placing second in the competition. Mondello, a senior from Crystal Lake, Illinois, received the award Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the PR People Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “I’m very thankful......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  The Drake Community Press is very grateful or the members of the community who put forth financial support in order to turn our visions into a reality. For many of our donors, this project struck an emotional chord, as these incredible individuals saw the value of a project......