Writing Towards Transformation is a critical and creative writing workshop focused on developing work across genres that express and elaborate upon current and historical conditions of crisis and injustice. Using guided meditation, critical feedback and healthy, ethical discussion, the students of the class will develop manuscripts of poems, short stories, essays, plays and/or screenplays that in some way articulate their analysis of the present and the past towards a transformative future. We will read essays, manifestos, theater and fiction as well as view films that will hopefully inspire each student to develop texts and scripts of hope.
Writers will include Gary Indiana, Valeria Solanas, June Jordan, Bertolt Brecht, Cherrie Moraga, Leslie Feinberg and Toni Cade Bambara, among many others. The course is cross-listed with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 514 and Latin American and Latinx Studies 514.