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Protest, Propaganda and Persuasion

Protest, Propaganda and Persuasion
There's a long history of literature as it relates to social, economic and political change. From the essays of the French Revolution to protest songs of the Civil Rights Movement to futuristic dystopian novels, writers have used words to control, indoctrinate, challenge and inspire others. In this 5-day residency, students will explore the techniques of persuasive messages through poetry, essays, manifestos, etc., and then write original works that harness the power of persuasive language.

Artist Background

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author, historian and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He has taught in the classroom since 1999 and performed poetry professionally since 1998. His focus in teaching is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves and become more confident with writing so they can continue to be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. Michael’s background includes five years as a high school English teacher and 15 as a journalist. He has authored three poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on Haywood County (NC) history. In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He also manages student contests for the NC Poetry Society.

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