Social Justice Narratives

Writing Beyond Borders is not just about faculty writing, but about transforming the writing experience for students in higher education. As such it includes The Writing Communities for Justice Project (WCJP), which supports student writing that connects lived experiences to larger historical narratives and social theories. Included here are pilot narratives from a collection of thirteen pieces written in community by students in a course called Writing for Social Change, spring of 2011. These narratives are like the old fashioned literary essay. They might be referred to as creative non fiction, critical personal narratives, or scholarly narratives. Writing such first person essays or narratives allows us to address important social issues via a range of ways of knowing.

Future posts for this project will include interviews with the now graduated writers whose current work in the world includes employment in non- profits and education and pursuit of graduate studies.

The editors of this collection-in-process are Catharine Wright, MFA, Instructor of Writing for Social Change at Middlebury, and Jay Saper, Middlebury ’13, alum of the course and current educator for Teach for America.

Catharine and Jay