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Writing in Times of Social Unrest and Political Upheaval

All Levels | We turn to poetry and creative nonfiction to rescue words from inciting fear, violence, and hatred. Rescuing words break silence and give voice for protest, witness, and compassion. We will read Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech; excerpts from Ariel Dorfman and June Jordan; and current writing from refugees, immigrants, and well- and lesser-known poets of all ages. Discussions and writing prompts will support the creation of two polished poems or a short essay connected to class themes.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Merna Ann Hecht

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/10/2019

No Class On: 1/24/2019

End Date: 02/21/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Hecht founded the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Refugee and Immigrant Poetry Project. She teaches Humanities and Creative Writing at UW, Tacoma. Poet, essayist and award winning storyteller her teaching and writing focus on community, art and social justice.

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