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Online: Zoom

Writing as Activism

6 Fridays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting July 8th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

If you're tired of watching the world go to sh*t and you're ready to speak up through your craft, join us in exploring activist writing. While journalistic forms are conventionally used by activists, creative writing (prose, poetry, and everything in-between) holds the unique power of visceral and emotional influence. Whether you want to write about the environment, poverty, education, racial justice, or other issues on the local, national, or global level, learn how non-traditional forms can embody your passion and anger. 

During the first class, we will take a deep-dive into the ethics of activist writing. We will then read/listen to pieces from politically-driven writers like José Olivarez, adrienne maree brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Maya Angelou, Denice Frohman, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Joshua Jennifer Espinoza. Then, we will try writing our own activist pieces. Students will have the opportunity to work in various genres, and to workshop their pieces in peer-led critiques. Kayla will also offer in-class one-on-one mentorship sessions during which students can have a personalized soundboard for their ideas and dilemmas. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of activism, new tools for expressing their passion and anger, new writing, and a community of like-minded and socially conscious writers.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Kayla Degala-Paraíso
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

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