Hosanna Patience teaches this class. Hosanna Patience is a writer, teacher, and editor. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA program. She was a recipient of the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers scholarship for an emerging fiction writer, the Pearl Sperling Evans Prize for most promise in fiction, and she was a nominee for the anthology, Best New American Voices. She was the recipient of the award for most outstanding work in the Department of English.
Students will learn how young voices can change the future through literature.
How did Maya Angelou affect change? Margaret Atwood? John Steinbeck? How do the young people of today answer the issues that worry them? The focus of these classes is not on following any political ideology, but on fostering the spirit of change through writing.
Writing to Promote Change is recommended for learners ages 13 to 18. In Writing to Promote Change, students reflect on matters that are important to them in their families, their lives, their environment, and the global community using a range of activities. This class will discuss the young voices today and how they use the internet to be heard, including Emma Gonzalez, Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martine, Payla Jangid, “Mari” Copeny, Malala Yousafzai, Marley Dias.
Students will read and write poetry, fiction, and essays, and learn about how young activists have used literature, essays and blogs to focus needed attention on important causes. For the last class students will create a class book of their work where final student writing will be printed in GHF’s Writing to Promote Change, Vol. II.
Sample Course Outline
This class involves exploring different genres of literature where learners will be writing their own creative work. A sample outline and suggested work list is provided below.
- Week 1: What Matters and Why?
- Week 2: Poetry
- Week 3: Poetry Writing
- Week 4: Essay
- Week 5: Essay and Memoir Writing
- Week 6: Fiction
- Week 7: Fiction Writing
- Week 8: Work on “Voices of Today” Publication
Likely Reading List
- Maya Angelou, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”
- Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
- Blas De Luna, “Bent to the Earth”
- Martin Niemöller, “First They Came for the Jews”
- Joseph Bruchac, “Steel”
- Malala Yousafzai, from I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
- David Foster Wallace, “Consider The Lobster”
- Excerpt from Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale
- Excerpt from John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath
- Shauna Singh Baldwin “Montreal 1962”
Writing to Promote Change is offered Fall 2019.