This course immerses students into the study and practice of writing that strives to bring about social change. Students will explore the argumentative tactics of writing in the service of advocacy, activism, and non-profit organizations, as well as its circulation across audiences and platforms. In addition to crafting public-facing genres like op-eds, persuasive articles, and posters, students investigate the process of grant-writing and the strategies of media campaigns. In the second half of the semester, students will shape projects based on a topical issue of their choice (e.g., mental health, medical or legal literacy, dimensions of social justice, etc.), for which they will compose a final project in a genre and mode of their choosing. Students come away with a deeper understanding of how confronting powerful writing changes us and our communities, and how, in turn, our writing can bring about change.
- Teacher: Laura Feibush
JC_SEMESTER: 22 W