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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Personal Stories for Public Change: Election Year

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Are you eager for change in this election year? Do you have opinions about political or social topics? Does your own personal experience inform those opinions? Perhaps you work in government and you have ideas about the election process. Maybe you are an immigration lawyer who can give an insider’s view on policy, or you are an immigrant who has experienced discrimination. Perhaps your brother struggles with mental illness and you know first-hand how difficult it can be to get appropriate healthcare. In this class, you will learn how to harness your personal experiences into productive essays or persuasive op-eds that can help effect change in society. We’ll read published pieces that use personal experience for public impact and talk about specific craft techniques necessary for this type of writing. You’ll begin writing your own essay or op-ed in class and will receive on-the-spot feedback. We’ll also talk about how and where to publish finished pieces.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!