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“Persuasive Writing”

Presented by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

In this class, we'll talk about capturing and keeping your reader’s engagement from start to finish; making your point without turning off the reader; and incorporating stories and examples into your nonfiction writing. We will use a couple of exercises, read a couple of examples of persuasive writing, and talk about where and how to get nonfiction persuasive writing published.

"Writers—journalists, essayists, bloggers, poets, playwrights—can disturb the social oppression that functions like a coma on the population, a coma despots call peace," says Toni Morrison in her essay, "Peril," found in Burn this Book: Notes on Literature and Engagement. "A writer's life and work are not a gift to humankind; they are a necessity."

Greg Pierce is the longtime editor and publisher of ACTA Publications in Chicago. He has also worked with the Industrial Areas Foundation for 50 years as an organizer, supervisor, mentor, trainer, and leader. His publishing house has developed a line of books and booklets on organizing. He is currently compiling a book of 50 essays titled Reveille for a New Generation: Organizers and Leaders Reflect on Power, which was published on November 3, 2020 (national Election Day in the United States).

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