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Frances Payne Adler

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Activism in Academia: A Social Action Writing Program

Payne Adler discusses the use of creative writing to teach students how to break silences, to witness their lives, to be engaged and responsible members of their communities, to bring together craft and critical inquiry. She describes a class in which students must confront their own views of welfare as they collaborate with single mothers at a local community college. Their product, a co-authored book titled Education as Emancipation: Women on Welfare Speak Out, has gone through several reprintings and has been used extensively to educate communities and legislators about the need for welfare reform.

language, social action writing program, new pedagogies, activism, education — higher education — United States, writing

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 29, No. 4 (2002): 136-149