Caged Writing: Prisoners Respond to Unusual Writing Assignments

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Xlibris Corporation, Jan 19, 2010 - Education - 120 pages
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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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Contents

Background
9
Contributor Profiles
13
Assignments
19
Remembered Event
23
Create a Story from Obscure Photographs
33
From one location describe what you see
52
Essay or Philosophical Commentary
53
Describe the Hardest Work Youve Ever Done
59
Write Bad Opening Lines for a Detective Novel
85
Respond to Articles on Race
87
Write a Physical Description of a Place Where You Have LivedNot a Prison or Detention Center
92
Write a Portrait of an Unusual Person You Know
93
Write About Your Most Amazing Experience
95
Write About a Memory from Early Childhood
97
Film Critique
105
The Meaning of Words
106

Produce a Guide for Incoming Prisoners
61
PoetryLyrics
65
My Life in Prison
75
Your Most Noble Selfless Act
78
What Do These Expressions Mean to You?
109
Pass the Baton
112
Critical Thinking
115
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Over several years, David Shapiro taught a Creative Writing/ Critical Thinking course on 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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