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Social Justice Workshops

IWWG is pleased to offer global and social justice events free or at reduced rates with the support of grant funding. All registration fees and other donations support our costs to increase the number and accessibility of events as we expand community connections in the U.S. and reach out to women writers all over the world. Scholarships are available.

To make a donation to our social justice programs, our mentorship program, and our support of BIPOC writers, please Please contact Michelle@iwwg.org for more information. 


Writing for Social Justice
Maggie Sokolik, PhD
**Please note all times are listed in EST**

November 3rd and 10th, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

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In this two-part workshop, we will look at writing in social justice as a process of working through concentric circles, moving from identifying the personal importance of social justice through journal writing, to community issues, through letter and petition-writing, to national issues, focusing on op-ed essays, and finally to global issues, identifying organizations with which to work. 

Through this process, we will look at the use of the Greek principles of rhetoric, ethos, logos, and pathos, and how to use these principles ethically to support the goals of writing persuasively. We will also talk about the power of individual word choices, or diction, and how to use words as instruments and tools rather than as weapons. 

There will be digital handouts, and all participants will get a free PDF copy of the Writing for Social Justice workbook.



Maggie Sokolik, Ph.D., is Director of College Writing Programs at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught and served as an administrator for 30 years. She has served as a Specialist for the US Department of State since 1995, traveling globally to consult on English language and writing education in developing nations, including Nepal, India, Chile, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and others. 

Her free edX.org course, Writing for Social Justice, has enrolled thousands of writers and activists. She is currently serving as a mentor to the Director of the Nottingham Children, Young People, and Families Project (https://nottscyf.co.uk), helping them to strengthen their outreach through written and visual media. Additionally, motivated students from her edX.org course often volunteer to write for The NO Project (https://www.thenoproject.org), working to combat human trafficking. Her companion workbook and journal, Writing for Social Justice (Wayzgoose Press, Eugene, OR, http://wayzgoosepress.com) mirrors the approach to social justice writing, which starts with the individual discovering through writing what social justice means to them.

Suggested readings, listenings, and viewings

We won’t discuss these directly, but some may interest you. They may be referred to during the workshop. Some of these may be behind paywalls. Apologies if you can’t get easy access.
Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html


Letter to My Son, Ta-Nehisi Coates
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/tanehisi-coates-between-the-world-and-me/397619/

The Personal is Political, Carol Hanisch
https://www.carolhanisch.org/CHwritings/PIP.html

Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
https://www.guernicamag.com/rebecca-solnit-men-explain-things-to-me/

How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria AnzaldĂșa
https://www.everettsd.org/cms/lib07/WA01920133/Centricity/Domain/965/Anzaldua-Wild-Tongue.pdf

Op-Comic: Cassandra of California, Kevin C. Pyle
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-08-21/op-comic-mike-davis-los-angeles-future-dystopia

Peruse http://change.org for a sampling of petitions

How I’m Fighting Bias in Algorithms, Joy Buolamwini
https://www.ted.com/talks/joy_buolamwini_how_i_m_fighting_bias_in_algorithms





IWWG Publications

 Listen. There are so many beautiful voices everywhere and yet so many we never hear.In April of 2019, I became Executive Director of   the International Women’s Writing Guild - IWWG. One year later, the world was torn by a pandemic, causing economic upheaval, personal loss, and isolation for far too many. Parallel to the global crisis, the U.S. is experiencing social and racial inequities that cause us painful pause: Who are we as a country? Who are we as writers? In February of 2020,  IWWG launched a mentor program for young writers of color. With the support of dedicated foundations, we launched the program in Boston, New York, and Florida and we matched mentors and mentees who wrote together throughout the summer and fall of 2020. We will be publishing a series of anthologies that represent the voices of our writers and speak to all the possibilities for justice and equality. Thank you for your support. 

Michelle.   





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