Whether via creative or expository writing, internet content can change the world. As internet influencers have taken the spotlight, it's become clear that internet activism is anything but routine and ineffective. If you have a message--or even if you don't yet--it is important to know how to get it out there. This course focuses on the short essay, including creative writing, opinion/editorial, and expository writing. You'll work with professional freelance writers who make a living creating internet content. In this course, you'll write essays, learn to "pitch" your work, and actually make a submission for publication during our course (yes!). You'll also turn essay content into a compelling online video or meme.
Undergraduate: ENGL 421, 3 units Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ENGL 621, 3 units
Anyone interested in online journalism, anyone with a message to share, anyone who wants to learn how to write for an audience and have an impact! Undergrads, grads, and community activists are welcome!
Kimberly Dark(619) 708-8115
As a digital creator, Melissa develops online content – in the form of articles, graphics, videos, and more – to challenge others to unpack oppressive ideology around food, bodies, and beauty. Known for being both no-nonsense and witty on Twitter and Instagram, she warmly, but firmly invites followers into hard conversations around wellness.
Melissa’s work rose to prominence during her five years as Managing Editor of
Everyday Feminism. She received her PhD in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, and is author of the groundbreaking ebook,
Appetite: Sex, Touch and Desire in Women with Anorexia. With work recently named “smart” by
Bon Appétit and “the future of health media” by
Healthline, Melissa brings a fresh perspective to discussions on body politics.
Raquel Reichard is an award-winning journalist and editor whose work focuses on Latinx culture, politics, music and identity. As a writer, she centers oft-overlooked communities and stories, while as a speaker, she helps young and emerging writers and creatives of color break into the media industry and succeed in their professional lives. Raquel holds a master's degree in Latinx news media and a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.
Raquel has written for: MTV, New York Times, Vibe, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Latina, Remezcla, The Fader, Mitu and more.... Her work has been featured on the BBC, Huffington Post, Slate, Upworthy, Everyday Feminism and the TODAY show.
KaeLyn Rich is the Vice President, Organizational Advancement at UltraViolet, a community of more than one million people that drives feminist cultural and political change through people power and strategic advocacy. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Bitch Media, an independent nonprofit feminist media organization best known for the essential Bitch Magazine. She’s a freelance writer and author whose first book, Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activist, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution (Quirk Books), a YA activism handbook was released in August 2018. She’s a contributing writer for the popular queer online publication, Autostraddle, where she formerly authored biweekly columns on community organizing and queer parenting and writes other various content about queer politics, life, and culture. Her writing has been featured across the internet. In 2017, KaeLyn was featured in Her Voice Carries, a public mural art project about women lifting up other women and in an Emmy-nominated documentary film by the same name.