In this class students will discuss and write about situations that have been growth-enhancing and inspirational either through their own experience or others they have known or read about. Inspirational examples of individuals overcoming adversity could include such notables as Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, Tammy Duckworth, war hero's/POWs such as John McCain, and natural disaster (hurricanes, tsunamis) survivors, and more. Individual students may also share with the class and write about personal experiences, family members or friend/acquaintances who have inspired them.
Students will be taught basic non-fiction narrative writing techniques on set-up, “how to tell the story” of disaster that includes initial negative perception. This is then followed by how and at what point--called a pivot or turn--the individual was changed and/or became inspirational. With a problem-solution focus, a critical element will be describing victim perspectives of ‘bad’, or as problem, to identifying and showing key points of heroic/mature vision and determination that is seen as ‘good’ or beneficial, a solution to life’s quality and happiness, inspiring themselves and others. Students begin in-class writing with completed short form essays delivered and discussed at the following class session.