One question of pressing importance in today’s world is how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to expand our knowledge and understanding of the world? How do we avoid being didactic — while still using our art to address the needs and concerns of today? And perhaps most importantly, how do we grow empathy, insight, and hope within ourselves so we can write such stories? A combination of lecture, discussion, and writing exercises will leave you encouraged, inspired, and ready to write your own stories.