Your Voice is a Hammer: A How-to for Manifestos, Rants, & Tweetstorms

September 29, 2018
12:45 pm—2:00 pm

JACCC Garden Room "B" get directions

Moderated by: Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego)

We all have something to say, but how do our opinions and beliefs become a useful and productive document? How does “clapping back” become literature? More than ever it is has become easier to declare, claim, and create space through the act of speaking-up. This workshop will show you how to pull all your political, social, personal, Utopian, Distopian, how-tos, life lessons, self-care, best practices, and angry screeds into powerful writing that leaves an impact. Led by Lambda finalist author, champion slam poet, and professor Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego, this workshop will allow writers to use movement, interactive, and writing exercises to try all three forms, generate work, further an idea, and cause some trouble. The time to change the world is now!

Breakdown by intervals:

5 min introductions

5 min definition of declarative writing/goals

30 min of various, generative writing exercises (both physical/inter-active and free write)

15 min of sharing in couplets and small groups

10 min exercise of writing a manifesto as a group

10 min closing and posting our manifestos/work exercise

Total run-time: 75 minutes


What you will take away:

Participants will walk away with the rough draft or beginnings of a longer piece as well as a better understanding of the language and use of declarative writing. Participants will walk away with more access points and prompts to generate this type of writing. Participants will have the opportunity to actually workshop work they create in the workshop with peers as well as try movement and interactive exercises to generate work and ideas. Participants will have fun! This workshop is designed as a place to play, explore, and walk away with a piece of writing or writing further into an idea.


$15 to attend.

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