Writing to Counter Oppression and Create Community

Session: Summer
Type: Intensive, Synchronous
Units: 3
Academic Year: 2022 - 2023
Approval Required: No

Writing is a mode of communication and a means of self-discovery. In this hands-on writing class, we’ll explore both. Our community will investigate life’s milestones (love, birth, death, awaking to the Divine) in our writing and through the words of others, leaning into how writing can counter oppression and build spiritual community. We will push through our writer’s block, learn revision strategies, and see ourselves gain strength and confidence as writers. Students will explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (essay, newsletter, blog), and spoken word. All experience levels are welcomed. We will meet in the community each day online to discuss published works, write in class to prompts, read aloud, and offer feedback. Students will read and revise outside of meeting time. Required prework: Students will be required to spend approximately one and a half hours prior to the class start reading and watching a podcast. A final compilation of 3-6 revised pieces is due at the end of the course. Intended audience: MDiv or MASC students.

Relates to SKSM Thresholds: 2. Prophetic Witness and Work 5. Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul and MFC: 2. Pastoral Care and Presence 3. Spiritual Development for Self and Others.

Course taught Aug 1-12. Instructor: Jennifer Springsteen

Enrollment Max: 12. Auditors excluded.