Caged Writing: Prisoners Respond to Unusual Writing Assignments
Over several years, David Shapiro taught a creative writing/critical thinking course in one prison yard in Arizona, where more than half the students are serving life sentences for murder. Though most of them never completed high school, their responses to some unusual writing assignments show an unpolished brilliance that ranges from transcendent enlightenment to raw pain and suffering.
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Write Bad Opening Lines for a Detective Novel
Respond to Articles on Race
Write a Physical Description of a Place Where You Have LivedNot a Prison or Detention Center
Write a Portrait of an Unusual Person You Know
Write About Your Most Amazing Experience
Write About a Memory from Early Childhood
The Meaning of Words
Produce a Guide for Incoming Prisoners
My Life in Prison
Your Most Noble Selfless Act
What Do These Expressions Mean to You?
Pass the Baton
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