Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

"Stonecoasters Unite: Writing and Working for Social Change," This Week on the Stonecoast Faculty Blog

Ellen Meeropol and Ruthie Rohde

by Elizabeth Searle

Ellen Meeropol and Ruthie Rhode leading the Social Change seminar this summer.  photo courtesy of Elizabeth Searle

In describing her own commitment to activism, Stonecoast alumna and author Ellen Meeropol quotes Alice Walker: “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

Fellow SC alumna Ruthie Rohde has spent years helping homeless and other disenfranchised people tell their stories.  Ruthie quotes author Pat Schrieder to explain that not knowing how to put stories together can be a “learned disability.”  Ruthie says she helps her students realize that they all have “treasures waiting to be brought to the surface.”

Elli and Ruthie have both stepped up to the plate this summer to lead a seminar about uniting Stonecoast students, faculty, and alumni who are interested in writing and working for social change.

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