Prison Writing Class

A group of inmates at Richard J Donovan correctional facility meets every year with SDSU students to hone their writing skills. But it is much more than a writing class; and the students--on both sides of the bars--learn much more than spelling, punctuation, and grammar, The encounters are full of discoveries about life, freedom, responsibility, and humanity.

You can now view the trailer from the documentary of the experience, in Straight from the Pen. 

The January 2013 issue of Flaunt Magazine carried a powerful story about the project, including samples of inmate writing. 

The San Diego Union-Tribune also recently covered the project in a feature article which spoke highly of the work and dedication of both inmates and students. 

Beginning in the fall of 2012, incarcerated students were able to gain college credit for their work in a Fundamentals of Writing (ENG179) course through Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. 



Students working with inmates in the writing class.