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Politics and Prose: Tackling Social Justice Issues Through Fiction

TIME UPDATE: This class will now run from 10 am – 1 pm PT. This has been updated from the print catalog.

All Levels | In a time of political upheaval, amidst a saturated media landscape, deeply imagined narratives of individual lives are more important than ever. In this session, we will explore the craft considerations in creating prose that gives a human face to charged political issues. How do writers depict the realities of place and time while maintaining allegiance to the desires and complexities of individual lives? How do we convey strongly held beliefs without becoming didactic and boring? Writers who are working on fiction about social issues are encouraged to bring in their work with opportunity for questions and discussion.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 06/02/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

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Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.

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