Writing in prison

KIMT News 3 –  A local group of volunteers is working hard on gaining exposure for new writer, but the creative writers aren’t who you might expect.

They’re behind bars.

The effort is called the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

Prisons through out the state are giving inmates a chance to putting stories to paper.

Peter Pearson an Instructor for the workshop says his favorite part is hearing how it’s changing his students.

“He said he was thinking of his heart as sort of like a burned blackened thing over the course of the class. He said he had begun to see those parts flake off he could see the red underneath,” Pearson.

Pearson says courses include fiction writing, poetry, to children’s literature.

He says his students vary from beginner writers to those who’ve been writing novels for years.

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