While incarceration is often voiceless, MPWW gives us the opportunity to have a voice. Writing gives value to our lives and allows us to see we are bigger and brighter than one felony. […]

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I believe healing begins when a person can express their stories. Writing is like a laundromat for my soul. […]

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The thought that something I write could have a positive impact on other people gives me a sense of a life purpose, a reason to get out of bed and get moving for another day. […]

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An MPWW class can give you an outlet. It can give you a break from the super special stupid of the daily madness. It can give you the agency of art. It can help you discover your voice, maybe for the first time. […]

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Writing is the only time I can acknowledge my own mishaps. I write not to correct my wrongs, not to pretty my past, not to be famous, but to reflect and let it serve as a reminder to do the right thing and to live differently. […]

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We prisoners are often remembered for the negative things we have done, but who we were before that fatal moment – that 17-year-old boy, the caring son or loving husband and father – is always forgotten. You have helped me remove a fear of being forgotten. […]

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That one or two kids I reach with my story may have the chance to live the dream I, so unfortunately, shattered. […]

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I spent many years of my life with no voice. No way of saying what I needed to say or think that what I had to say had any merit. Through writing I’ve found a way to give voice to my thoughts, ideas, and feelings. What comes out in my writing is what I struggle to say with my own mouth. […]

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I honestly believe that I have something to offer, something to contribute to the world; and that gift was given to me during your class the written word. […]

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