TR 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Examining works by June Jordan, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Roxane Gay, Hanif Abdurraqib, among others, we will explore how writing can expose injustice and support new ways of thinking about social and political issues related to gender, race, class, and environment. This course explores how literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have the power to shape and influence social and political change. We examine the role of craft in navigating identity and culture, as well as in addressing pressing social issues. In addition to service learning with a local literary arts organization and performing literary and cultural analysis, students will participate in creative writing workshops designed to cultivate writing skills to make an impact. Students will also create a craft talk and research-based paper on how their writing explores or critiques a current social issue.