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The Porch: Writing as Resistance

In this class, we will approach writing as an act of resistance—a way of pushing back against forces and structures in society that oppress us and others. We will grapple with some of the hard questions facing us as writers: what roles can writing play in promoting social justice and bringing about social change? How can giving voice to your own unique experiences and perspective be an act of resistance? How can we push back against racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of oppression? What is the relationship between writing and social justice movements? How do identity, ownership, empathy, privilege, and activism come into play?

We will read widely from diverse writers working in different genres: fiction, poetry, memoir, criticism, essay, graphic novel, and more. We’ll examine the relationship between form, content, and effect, and learn from how other writers have engaged with social justice and activism in their work. We will have in-class writing time and at-home assignments where students will experiment with different genres and explore different forms their writing can take. We will have time in class for students to share work and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor.

This is a class for anyone who has been thinking about the relationship between their writing and social justice and wants to explore this terrain further among a community of readers and writers.

  • Instructor: Anna Silverstein
  • Length of workshop: 8 weeks
  • Dates: Wednesdays, January 4 - February 22
  • Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $297 non-members; $279 members

About the Instructor: 

Anna Silverstein is a writer living in Nashville, TN. She is originally from Boston, MA and moved to Nashville to pursue her MFA in fiction at Vanderbilt University. Last year, she was the Creative Writing Fellow at the Curb Center, where she led expressive writing workshops for people who have been affected by cancer. She is the winner of the Guy Goffe Means Prize in fiction. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in New Delta Review, Afro-Hispanic Review, Gravel, and Overtime.