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, and youth activists whose work is changing lives NOW. 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.
July 6 to July 19, 2021
July 20 to August 2, 2021