Class Update: The Business of Writing From the Prisoner’s Perspective

Introduction

This week was week six of Writing and Publishing. Week six is the week when we focus upon the author platform, the different types of publishers, and where to go for outside help. It certainly was a jam-packed session.

Author Platform

Of these three focal points, the author platform caused the most frustration. Sadly, prisoners live in a stunted society where many modern conveniences – and expectations – are not allowed. A prime case-in-point is creating an author platform.

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Class Update: Enhanced Learning In A Smaller Setting

Introduction

It will never cease to amaze me how seemingly insignificant events can have truly profound effects in a correctional education setting. This week’s installment of ‘Writing and Publishing’ really drove this point home to me.

This week class didn’t start so much at 7 p.m. — as it is supposed to — but at 6:30 p.m. This was due to the increasingly erratic calling of institutional movements by whoever was working in the control center of FCI-Petersburg. It seemed like they called all of the hourly movements (ten-minute periods when inmates are allowed to move from location to location. This is supposed to be done on the hour) 10 or 15 minutes early. Or, in the case of the 7 p.m. move, 30 minutes early.

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Prison Education: A New Class?

I had a conversation yesterday that caused me to think about my ‘Writing and Publishing’ class and the options available. The discussion was with Bill Batton, the prisoner Adult Continuing Education coordinator, and had to do with what I will be teaching next quarter. His question was simple, “Do you want to teach Writing and Publishing again or do you want to teach the Professional Writing course that you spoke about several weeks ago?” While a simple question, coming to the answer is anything but simple.
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