Writing Poetry for Social Justice — July 19-23


Poetry is not only beautiful but powerful, a tool used throughout history to make change in communities local and global. At a time when the world can feel tumultuous, poetry offers hope, light, and a vehicle for communicating across difference, for sharing new perspectives that have the potential to change hearts and minds. In this workshop, we’ll work together to explore a variety of poetic tools and forms and write poems that raise awareness for causes we care about, from racial justice to the environment, and more.

Meet the Workshop Facilitators below.

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Writing Poetry for Social Justice — July 19-23 (11am-12:30pm ET)

For young writers ages 13-19

During camp, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your writing skills.

After camp, you’ll work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert review, at your own pace, for a total time commitment of about three to four hours per day.

About the Facilitator:

Jonathan Mendoza, Facilitator of Writing Poetry for Social Justice
Photo Credit: Mercedes Zapata

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-bred, Chicago-based Jewish and Mexican-American activist, spoken word poet, and social justice educator. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the Sonia Sanchez – Langston Hughes Poetry Prize, and a three-time award winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. He currently works as a community organizer for housing justice and youth power with Pilsen Alliance, as a teaching artist with I Learn America, and as a freelance writer, performer, and educator throughout the U.S. He is a proud anxious Virgo, Greek yogurt enthusiast, and devout believer in the power of young people to change the world. Books, updates, and more information can be found at MendozaPoetry.com and @JMendoza010 on Twitter and Instagram.



Livia Blum photo, teaching assistant virtual writing workshops for high school studentsLivia Blum (she/her) is a rising Junior at Smith College studying English with a concentration in poetry. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, and is passionate about the power of poetry and storytelling as tools for resistance and social justice. She can almost always be found reading, gardening, or in the audience of any theatre (hopefully soon!). She is so looking forward to being a Teaching Assistant at Write the World this summer.

Have additional questions?

Check out our parent and guardian FAQ’s and hear what our campers have to say here or reach out to us at workshops@writetheworld.com to connect!