Roxane Gay Partners With MasterClass for Social Change-Themed Course

ROXANE GAY Joins MasterClass To Teach Writing For Social Change
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Professor Gay will see you now.

Esteemed author, editor, professor and cultural critic Roxane Gay has partnered with digital education platform MasterClass to teach a class on writing for social change. "Through honest discussions around the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and other social justice issues, Gay will teach members how to own their identity, write about trauma with care and courage and hone their voice to contribute to the world in a positive way," per today's announcement.

Teaching is not new for Gay. She has served as an associate professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, Purdue University and most recently, as a visiting professor at Yale University. But most of the world knows her as a writer thanks to a list of titles including the short-story collections Ayiti and Difficult Women, the novel, An Untamed State, a New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist and the lauded memoir Hunger.

For MasterClass, Gay will utilize her works as case studies. For example, she will pull from Bad Feminist to analyze her approach to writing as a cultural critic, and break down Hunger as an example of how to write trauma with "care and courage." Other topics include: Insight into determining the right questions to ask before putting pen to paper; how to address purpose, voice and writer’s block; how to navigate the business of writing; and engaging with an audience on social media.

Gay helped break the news by posting on Twitter to her 820,000 followers and revealing some details about the production. "Making this class was a wonderful experience," she posted. She credited a team that included director Jasmeet Sidhu, "main producer" Diane Houslin, associate producer Rose Arafat, stylist was Meaghan O'Connor, hair by Karlotta, makeup by Isak Freyr and driver Veigar. "We shot in Iceland. It was nice."

"Roxane drives change with every word she writes,” said David Rogier, MasterClass founder and CEO. "In her MasterClass, she shows members how to own their identity, write better, think deeper and hone their voices to make real change in the world."

It's the latest piece of news for the ever-busy Gay. She serves as a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and has also been featured in McSweeney’sThe Nation and she interviewed Cynthia Erivo for The Hollywood Reporter. Last fall, THR reported that Gay was teaming to adapt the graphic novel The Banks to TKO Studios and Macro.