Hi, Susan - I'm very interested in the work you want to do with prisoners around writing. For some tme now I've been wanting to do a writing group at the hospice where I volunteer - not necessarily with the people who are dying but with the people who come to day hospice. Writing can be such a powerful tool for healing - have you seen Writing as a way of healing by Louise de Salvo? You might find it useful. I do love Rafael Campo's work. He is an amazing, compassionate man.
Hi Katherine - a writing group at the hospice where you volunteer sounds like a good idea. I have a poet friend who worked with a grief support group and she felt the writing did a great deal to heal. I've been thinking of creating a writing group for people recovering from Lyme Disease, myself being one. Some kind of online workshop-- there's a great deal of emotional healing that's needed along with the physical healing from this bizarre ailment. I think the sharing in a therapeutic writing group is also important. We learn so much about ourselves from hearing what others in a group write. This was true for the juvenile offenders in Mark Salzman's book True Notebooks.
I actually have DeSalvo's book on my bookshelf! I got it early on in my illness but was unable to follow much of anything. I'm so glad you brought it up. It's the perfect writing book for me to have a look at now.
Thanks for your thoughts, Susan
I taught writing to college students a long time, and the best insight I developed was that non-writers or beginning writers see things in images, so any time you can encourage visual techniques with writing, the greater the response. Lucia Cappachione's The Creative Writer is a great place to start.
Hi Robert -- thanks for the insight, and I agree with you. I'll see if I can find Cappachione's book. Do you suggest any creative writing to the inmates you write?