Writer's Workshop: Writing for Change

Winter 2017 and Spring 2017 quarters

Taught by

creative writing, sustainability, public policy

How do we use writing effectively to propel social movements and change?  Many genres of writing, from academic papers to poetry, provide the information to engage the public in critical issues such as inequality and human rights.  We will gain foundations in several areas over two quarters in order to deepen our knowledge and educate others on student selected topics.  In winter, we will focus extensively on how to use research as a tool of persuasion, and to present our findings effectively.  Students will draft and revise a journalistic or magazine style piece, as well as complete an essay, that address current topics and crises that have both a local and global angle.  We will pay particular attention to theories of persuasion and the work of Marshall Ganz in influencing social movements.  In spring, we will expand to the use of creative writing that may influence critical societal issues.  For example, how might students use poetry, fiction, or science fiction to draw readers into “story” that ultimately engages them in critical issues?  Is there fiction for our generations that have the impact of The Grapes of Wrath ? How do we construct characters, narratives, and scenes that galvanize our readers and audiences?  Throughout both quarters, we will engage in many writing exercises and workshops, ranging from interviewing to spoken word poetry.


Winter Open Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9:30 pm

One Saturday/Sunday Writing Workshop Winter and Spring (9:30 am to 5 p.m. on campus)

Winter: Jan. 23, Jan. 24

Spring: April 16, April 17


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online