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Workshops: Writing for Change
July 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
One event on July 28, 2018 at 9:00am
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will host “Writing for Change,” two summer workshops for high school and college students and adults. Participants can attend one or both sessions to be held July 11 and July 28 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Stowe Center. Pre-registration is required at bit.ly/WFChange. The registration fee is $25 for Stowe Center members and Hartford residents and $40 for all others and includes lunch, coffee, tea and snacks. For questions, accessibility or dietary needs: email@example.com or 860.522.9258 x308.
Participants will have the rare opportunity to write in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1871 home, a National Historic Landmark. They will walk in the footsteps of the bestselling author whose words changed the world with her groundbreaking anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The workshop themes are Exploring the Relationship Between Identity and Place (July 11) and Identifying and Connecting with Audiences (July 28).
Through expert-led prompts, activities, and discussion, participants will learn how to use writing to bear witness, build empathy, and advocate for positive change. Participants are invited to bring something they have been working on or begin a new piece at the workshop. The workshop will provide writers of all ages and levels a supportive and inspirational environment to craft and share writing for social justice.
Workshop instructor Dr. Catherine Burton is Program Coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Before joining the Center, Burton taught college literature, writing, and publishing for 10 years, most recently at Quinnipiac and Lehigh Universities. She is passionate about the public humanities and believes in the power of words to change the world. Burton holds a Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University and an M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was the author of more than 30 books including her best-selling anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The book was a runaway best seller, selling 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week; 300,000 in the first year; and in Great Britain, 1.5 million copies in one year. It set off an international outcry for abolishing slavery and was a building block to the Civil War. An example of how one person can make a difference, Stowe’s story continues to inspire people around the world to work for social justice and positive change.