My classes at the The New School for the 2022 Fall Semester are:
Writing and Activism
“Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them” (Rebecca Solnit). In this workshop, each writer identifies and develops a few stories the world needs to hear. We live in a time when huge corporations assert significant control over the stories that get told. This can make it hard to express our own truths, which can be complicated and even subversive. To support our efforts, we meditate and share our experiences with other kinds of self-care; offer one another concrete, supportive feedback; find inspiration and useful models from storytellers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joanna Macy, and others; experiment with different genres – from poems and personal essays to pamphlets and manifestos; consider a range of interconnecting issues, including climate change, xenophobia, inequality, and more; and brainstorm ways to share our ideas and stories with audiences within and beyond our New School and social media communities.