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Writing for Social Change

Thursday Nov 6 7:30pm

South BerkeleyBerkeley

Do you think people should plant their lawns with food instead of grass? Do you wish there was free education for all? Are you bothered about the way things are done? Well, stop complaining to your friends about it ...and complain to the whole dang world!

In this workshop, we will work to create articles that express our opinions in a compelling way. There won't be time to write the whole article in the 1.5 hour workshop, but we'll narrow down topics, outline our articles, discuss research strategies, and then discuss strategies for getting our articles read by the most people possible.

Everyone is welcomed to join, whether you just want to write one article about that thing you've been brooding about for a while, or whether writing is already part of your daily practice.

About the host:

My name is Hayley Steele, I hold an MFA in creative writing from Portland State U. For the past three years, I have been writing under various names for indy media publications including AdBusters, Slingshot, and Indybay. Sometimes I think the articles I write don't matter, but then I meet someone from a far away city who read something I wrote and got inspired.

I believe that every person is a writer, and learning to write well empowers us to make huge changes to the world, especially in this age of fluid information. Just one piece of writing can make a world of difference!

Texts to keep in mind:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Released 1962, this book launched the modern environmental movement.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Released in 1852. Eleven years later, slavery was outlawed.
  • Call to Occupy Wall Street from Adbusters Magazine in July 2011. This was the call to action for the Occupy Movement. The historians will be the ones to decide what this one accomplished... Read it here.

About the cost:

There will be xeroxed handouts for this workshop. Throwing down a couple $ will really help cover that cost! But if you don't have the $, don't worry about it!


DONATE to the host to help her continue to offer these low-cost community workshops.