While the social, political, economic, educational, and cultural consequences of high rates of incarceration have been well documented, the social psychological dynamics have not received as much discussion. I offer here a first person narrative reflection on the connections between a writing workshops and raising social awareness of the realities of day-to-day lives of inmates. Appropriate writing pedagogy, personal challenges to meeting to the workshops, and the need to publish inmate stories inform the essay.
Toso, Erec. “Lifting the Lid: How Prison Writing Workshops Shed Light on the Social Shadow.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 10, no. 2, 2016, pp. 19–26, doi:10.25148/clj.10.2.009263.