As the bumper sticker says, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” We live in challenging times and many of us feel called to express our despair, grief, fury, and confusion. We’ll briefly explore how writing is prompted by and provokes social change, then compose our own works through several exercises. Participants will come away with a draft or two of a new piece of their choosing -- poetry, short fiction, essay, whatever. Writers of all experience levels welcome. Participants are asked to approach this workshop with tolerance for differing worldviews.
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and a handbook of alternative education titled Free Range Learning, with a book of essays due out soon. Her work appears in mainstream as well as literary publications. As an experienced editor she's able to help participants generate material, advance skills, and turn their ideas into finished pieces. Her workshops emphasize respect for each writer’s voice.