Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Writing for Social Justice

March 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

Instructor: Gail South
Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members
8 Thursdays 3/23/17 – 5/11/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Elie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

In this class we will explore how to write stories about issues that matter to us—humanitarian, environmental, political, etc.— in ways that move readers and compel them to examine their own prejudices. We will look at brief excerpts from historical and current literature—both fiction and nonfiction—and have limited in-class writing exercises, but much of the class time will be spent workshopping the stories and essays you submit. While facts may be important to the story, this class is not about how to write news or history. Our goal is to write about the human impact of social injustice. You may submit either short fiction or essays for the workshop.

Gail South has an MFA from Goddard College. Her manuscript, The Solitude of Memory, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her short story, “Home”, won the 2016 WriterHouse Fiction Contest.

Mail-In Registration Form

Online Registration

Student’s Name:


March 23, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:


Gail South


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map