2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Writing for Change

Revised Last Updated: 08/26/2008

Fall quarter

Faculty: Nancy Parkes writing, sustainability, public policy

Major areas of study include advocacy writing, research, creative writing, and public policy.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Note: This 12-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on five Saturdays (Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 22, and Dec. 6). First class will meet in Sem2 B3105.

How can we best use the written word as a catalyst for positive change? What transformative writing reaches across significant differences to open both minds and hearts? Writing for Change is recommended for those with careers and lives engaged with affecting public policy and those interested in educating decision makers and the broader public about complex issues. We will consider the elements of effective, content-based advocacy writing including communications with elective officials and the media. We will also examine genres of creative writing that can provide inspiration for social and environmental change. Each student will choose a social or environmental issue that he or she is passionate about. Students will write about this issue in a variety of ways and work to strengthen critical research, reading and communication skills. Writers will work extensively in critique groups. The content of the program will help students to explore creative expression in addition to the elements of informed, persuasive writing.

Credits: 12 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in public policy, non-profit organizations, education, journalism, and writing.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class