ClassWriting for Social Change
What does writing for social change look like, and how can young writers use art as a vehicle for resistance and activism? Writing For Social Change will explore this question through the practice of letter writing. Each class session will begin with a review of work from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) writers to invite participants to see the world in a new way, followed by a prompt for generative letter writing.
Given how social change calls us to know ourselves well, students will engage in writing a letter to themselves, in which they identify how they want to make a difference. Other letter writing will focus on folx in whom they are disappointed, in terms of addressing social justice issues. Drawing on the practice created by Black trans queer artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware, students will also craft an activist love letter. Students are invited to write letters that they are encouraged to send to stakeholders for the social change in which they want to engage. Students will also write to themselves, but 5 years into the future of this social change adventure they envision.
While this class will center the practice of letter writing towards embarking on the adventure of fighting for social change, we'll also look to writers like Octavia Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldua, and Edwidge Danticat to explore the ways in which these writers used essay, reflection, journalism, and more.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
In order to access the Google Classroom page for this class, you will need a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. You will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of the class. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.