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From Ben Markus | 03:27
Female inmates of the Oahu-based Woman's Community Correctional Center read their writings to rich private schoolers.
Six years ago the Women's Community Correctional Center started a creative writing class. To date, the Prison Writing Project has published four books featuring inmate prose and poetry. HPR's Ben Markus attended their first public reading and has this report.
From Jeff Deitchman | 03:00
Ask people why they write and you'll hear many reasons. Here are some I hadn't expected.
I rarely plan what I'm going to do with my Creative Writing Class. Part of the creativity, for me, is in feeling the mood in the room that day and letting it suggest an activity. At the end of one class, I asked my students to do a tiny homework assignment: List a few reasons why you write. I intended to have them read one reason-at-a-time around a circle, in rapid fire. We found we needed a little time between each, however, to recover. I'm proud to say that both the National Writing Project and the Maryland Writing Project have posted this piece, along with a slide show, on their websites.