Writing for Change
NEW! Last Updated: 05/22/2009
Faculty: Nancy Parkes writing, communications, environmental policy
Major areas of study include advocacy writing, research, creative writing, and public policy.
Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.
Prerequisites: Either one year of college level writing, or a commitment to work with the Writing Center.
Note: This 12-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m on five Saturdays (Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 21, Dec. 12). First class will meet in SEM 2 B3105.
How can we best use words as a catalyst for positive change? What transformative writing and speaking reaches across significant differences to open both minds and hearts? This program is recommended for those who are interested in or engaged with affecting public policy and 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. Storytelling is a critical element of successful writing and communications. We will also examine genres of creative writing that can provide inspiration for social, economic, environmental and community change. Students will 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.
Given current public policy issues that deeply affect citizens, we will investigate shared themes pertaining to the economy, ecology, and future of our communities. Students will learn to write and speak to public audiences about complex issues through a local and meaningful lens.
During the early part of the quarter, students will focus on one essay with the theme, "Leading a Life of Meaning." For the duration of the quarter, each student will choose one issue about which he or she is passionate, interested in learning more about, and dedicated to communicating about with a wide audience. Students will write about this issue in a variety of ways--including journalistic inquiry, blog entries, and poetry or prose. With the help of texts and other program components, we will consistently address the question: "What makes good writing?" We will continually evaluate how to communicate effectively with those who have different ideologies and ideas.
Credits: 12 per quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in public policy, non-profit organizations, education, journalism, and writing.
|May 22nd, 2009||Added dates for Saturday classes.|