Instructor: Danny Yatim

According to Wikipedia, a social issue is a problem that influences a considerable number of individuals within a society, whereas a social cause is any project that we personally support because we believe it is our social responsibility to help our fellow human beings. Everything a human being does causes a societal change, so literally, everything we could imagine is a social cause.

If this is what you want to write about, but somehow do not know where to start, then this workshop is for you. The workshop is designed for those who want to share a social cause through writing, whether you are a social activist, social worker, non-governmental organization staff, or simply a concerned individual.

Participants of this workshop will learn about the elements of writing style and will be provided with samples of writing on various social issues and different forms of writing (project proposals, program reports, human interest feature articles, and book chapters). There will be reading assignments and writing exercises as well as peer reviews.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Narrow down the issue of concern and develop it into a focused written piece
  2. Give and receive constructive feedback to/from your peers
  3. Write, edit, revise and polish at least two pieces
  4. Reflect on your writing process

Workshop method: the workshop is designed as a safe place to have meaningful conversations and dialogue with the facilitator and fellow participants. You may discuss your goals, experience, writing process, even your insecurities. Discussions are encouraged so that you will be able to analyze social matters and learn critical thinking. There is no right or wrong, nor do you have to agree on all issues.

The workshop method means everyone need to participate, share writings, listen to others’ perspectives and thoughts, engage in each others’ work and do your reading. The facilitator’s job is to help you in your learning process to become a writer. The facilitator will coach you through the writing process and lead discussions so that participants are able to learn from each other, build on your own knowledge, draw on your own experience and reflect on it.

Assignments: The six-week workshop is intensive with a heavy work load of reading and writing. Each session is three hours along. Although we will have lively discussion, this is not a debate club or platform for oral presentations; participants must write. You must complete your assignments and homework on time. Assignments will include

  1. Reading materials for discussion
  2. Writing exercise , in-class
  3. Writing exercises, homework
  4. Peer reviews
  5. Draft paper, proposal, report and/or articles

Writers need to read extensively. The reading materials are diverse and you will be able to explore different styles how writers engage their readers and how themes of social causes are brought up.

Final Project

At the end of the workshop, you are asked to produce one document (proposal / article / paper) that is ready for publication. 

Perks: 10% discount for all university students. Alternative payment plans available. If you are a university student or require a payment plan, leave us a note in the comment area.

Investment value: IDR 5,500,000 (incl. tax)

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Available workshop dates:

‡ 22 July – 26 August 2017 (Saturdays 2pm – 6pm)

‡ 9 September – 14 October 2017 (Saturdays 2pm – 6pm)

‡ 4 November – 9 December 2017 (Saturdays 2pm – 6pm)