political writing workshop

Artwork by Cher Musico

Email us at msipin@mills.edu, and we’ll get you connected!



in story, memoir, and poetry | FALL/WINTER 2012

instructor melissa r. sipin

presented/hosted by
TAYO Literary Magazine
Philippine American Writers & Artists
Mills College

“Every colonized people—in other words, every people in whose soul an inferiority complex has been created by the death and burial of its local cultural originality—finds itself face to face with the language of the civilizing nation; that is, with the culture of the mother country. The colonized is elevated above his jungle status in proportion to his adoption of the mother country’s cultural standards.”

— Frantz Fanon

Instructor Bio | MELISSA R. SIPIN is a writer from Carson, California. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Kweli JournalTidal Basin Review, and Kartika Review, among other publications. Melissa is the cofounder and creative director of TAYO Literary Magazine. She was awarded the Miguel G. Flores Prize by the Philippine American Writers & Artists Inc. (PAWA) in 2011, second place in the Undergraduate Virginia Middleton Creative Writing Prize by the USC Department of English—PhD in Literature and Creative Writing School in 2010, and the full-tuition assistantship in narrative writing and community engagement at Mills College in 2012–2014. Melissa is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction.

Contact | msipin@mills.edu or melissa.sipin@gmail.com

five FREE writing workshops
participants’ reading gala
“i am ND” anthology

INTRODUCTION | This political content & engagement workshop invites writers to shape their memoir, poetry, prose, or performance work with an emphasis on impacting perceptions, be they political, personal, social, literary, or cultural. We exchange our writing and develop voice and authority while working on techniques to elevate the richness and toughness of our voice. We read and analyze authors to observe how they effectively move the reader, affect perception, and perhaps opinion. Class discussions focus how our work affects how we are perceived and how the events of the world are understood. The elements of each genre are addressed as well.


CLASS WEBSITE | www.abwritingworkshop.wordpress.com


EDWARD SAID“For the intellectual, the task, I believe, is explicitly to universalize the crisis, to give great human scope to what a particular race or nation suffered, to associate that experience with the suffering of others.”