A fundamental guiding question for this course will be: what is “voice,” and why is it important? This course will explore how voice functions on both individual and collective levels and how voice corresponds to social power. What does it mean to have a voice? What happens when certain voices are silenced, and others are amplified? And how do we develop and exercise our voices as writers? We will routinely return to these questions while considering a wide selection of texts. Students are encouraged to bring in materials or suggest activities that correspond with or enhance the course’s intention. Reading, writing, conversation, and self-reflection are the cornerstones of this class.