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Authoring Change: Writing Socially Engaged Nonfiction

How can you bring together your literary sensibility and your social conscience? We will explore what it means to write socially engaged nonfiction. Each session will help you generate (and revise) essay, memoir, or commentary inspired by social and political issues. We’ll read stellar examples of social-change literature by Atwood, Baldwin, Cisneros, MLK, Levertov, Neruda, Orwell, and Tolstoy. We’ll discuss the readings (15-20 pages weekly), complete writing exercises, and review out-of-class writing assignments in small groups.


*Skip date on Wednesday, May 7th. Class will now end on Wednesday, June 11th.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Wendy Call

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 04/30/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 18

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Wendy Call

Wendy Call is a recent writer-in-residence at a dozen locales, including national parks, universities, a public hospital, and Richard Hugo House. Her 2011 book No Word for Welcome won the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction.

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