MARCH 1 - 22, 2024
FRIDAYS 9 - 10:30 AM (PT)

Speak Your Truth:

Leadership, Writing & Public Speaking for Social & Environmental Justice

Live Online Course with Jennifer Browdy, PhD

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Are you ready to become a change agent for social and environmental justice?

This hands-on course, led by award-winning author, veteran college professor and arts activist Jennifer Browdy, will give you specific tools and tactics for effectively communicating your vision for a positive future, as well as strategies for building a campaign to make your vision a reality.


As part of a collaborative team of writer-activists, we'll look deeply at some of the major social and environmental issues of our time and consider how outstanding leaders have used creative expression to make a difference. Inspired by these models, you'll work on expressing your own ideas with confidence, clarity, and eloquence, in both writing and public speaking, coming away with a portfolio of writing, a recorded talk, and a circle of kindred spirits cheering you on.

This course will run from March 1 - 22, 2024, with classes taking place on Fridays from 9 - 10:30 am (PT). Classes will be held via Zoom, and recordings of each class will be available for registrants not able to attend.





MARCH 1, 2024

Session Length



  • Transform your passion for an issue into compelling writing and a moving speech

  • Speak from your heart with confidence, clarity and persuasive passion

  • Adjust your writing and speaking for different audiences

  • Amplify your activist goals by connecting deeply with audiences in writing and speaking

  • Make effective use of multiple channels for sending your message out into the world

  • Build a community of creative collaborators to support and extend your work

Make the leap from online to in person leadership at the 2024 Bioneers Conference

Since this class culminates the week before the annual Bioneers conference in Berkeley, California, we're extending a special invitation for participants of the Leadership, Writing & Public Speaking for Social and Environmental Justice class to meet up at the conference! Come get inspired by the conference lineup of brilliant creative activists, and share your own passionate vision with the kindred spirits of the Bioneers community.

  • Enjoy discount passes to the 35th Annual Bioneers Conference, March 28-30, 2024

  • Benefit from an in-person group coaching session with class instructor Jennifer Browdy

  • Deliver your talk to a live audience of your classmates and other Bioneers conference attendees

Conference attendance is not required to complete this course, but an optional bonus to connect with your classmates in person.



Jennifer Browdy, PhD is a Professor of Comparative Literature & Media Arts at Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Open Society University Network. She is the publisher of Green Fire Press, specializing in “books that make the world better,” and the author of several award-winning books, including Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future (Nautilus Gold Award winner, 2022); The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir (Nautilus Silver Award, 2017), and the memoir What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered (International Books Awards finalist). For seven years she served as the founding director of the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Her current work-in-progress focuses on necessary transformations for education in the 21st century, ideas she is sharing on her Substack blog, the Spirit of Education. She co-hosts a vibrant online community for writers, Birth Your Truest Story, where she also offers live and on-demand courses in “writing to right the world” and purposeful memoir. For information on memoir writing workshops, author coaching and manuscript review visit:


Jennifer, I respect and appreciate what you are doing very much, and the energy you bring to it. The elements you combine in your work are exactly those that interest me, and I’m sure many others as well. In the past I’ve felt like my spiritual practice, my interest in memoir writing and my political/climate essays and activism were all on separate tracks, but I feel them steadily converging, energizing and informing one another. You are a great teacher and example for that.

AR, 2019