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Social Action Writing:
Creating Community and Perspecti​ve



1: 6/24/2024-7/7/2024




Write to move people, make positive change, and build community whether through fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction. Explore perspective, identity, and community, choosing the topics around which you’d like to build community. Learn about the role of sensitivity readers in today’s publishing world, how to apply for writing residencies, and the benefits and challenges of editing a thematic anthology.

Who Should Take This Class

Students with college-level writing ability. Students in writing, creative writing, and literature, or in the humanities and social sciences including women’s studies, communications, sociology, ethnic studies, etc.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement: outline your interest in the class (one page)
  • Writing sample: three pages of fiction, memoir, or nonfiction, all forms accepted

Course Coordinator

Kimberly Dark ​(San Marcos) is a writer, professor, and storyteller working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life in order to reclaim our power as social creators. She’s the author of Damaged Like Me; Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old; The Daddies; and Love and Errors. Dark's essays, stories, and poetry are widely published in academic and popular online publications. Her ability to make the personal political is grounded in her training as a sociologist.

Guest Artists

Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman’s dark comedy, Corona, was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its favorite books about New York City. She is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and author of the collection of poetry Marianna’s Beauty Salon, described as “a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.” Her new novel, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, is a modern classic about what it means to be Muslim and queer from a Pakistani-American community in Queens.

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele is an acclaimed writer, teacher, editor, storyteller, and literary citizen who practices and teaches personal narrative as social action. Named one of Marie Claire magazine’s “Five Women to Learn From,” she educates and mentors marginalized groups around the world. A leader in the decolonial travel movement, she founded the nation’s first writing workshop for BIPOC travelers and writes a column for Detour: Best Stories in Black Travel and the Miami Herald.