There’s a long history of propaganda as it relates to social, economic and political change. From war posters and revolutionary slogans to modern-day campaigns and futuristic dystopian novels, writers have used words and images to control, indoctrinate, challenge and inspire others. In recent years, the spread of fake news, Internet memes and viral videos on social media have perpetuated ideas that can distort the truth and sew seeds of social upheaval. In this 3-day residency, students will explore the techniques of persuasive and pervasive messages, to learn to identify and analyze propaganda, and then write original works that harness the power of persuasive language.
Michael Beadle is a poet, author, and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He’s taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15-year career as a journalist, he’s published five poetry books, a poetry CD, and three photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He’s been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as statewide coordinator of student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.