If you know of anyone who has a piece they want to put together, a story they want to tell, this would be a good place to shape it with like-minded social justice activists.
In the first 3-hour session, we will analyze the craft of professional social justice storytellers such as TaNehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) to see how they affect readers’ thinking about issues. We will also go through some exercises designed to help you focus your own story on the three key pieces of crafting a social justice memoir: Anecdote (the little story), Introspection (how it affected you), and Connection (creating meaning for the reader).
In the second 3-hour session we will workshop short pieces that you have created. You should walk away ready to polish your memoir or essay to completion and inspired by your classmates’ stories and passion for changing the world.