WendyWe expected to do just artistic writing, but Captain D said she wanted us to help students pass the GED. Wendy and Barb talk about our own expectations and intentions.
WendyWe began with poetry because we thought it would be the most accessible. Accordingly, we started with simple poems that required finishing simple thoughts.
Barb – index cards
Barb – white board, triolet – repeated pattern --
Wendy – flash fiction, too
Barb – DON’T READ THIS!
Barb – READ THIS!
Wendy to read this
Wendy to read
Barb to read
Wendy to read
I Used To Be
1. Creative Writing forthe Prison Population AFACCT Conference, January 5, 2012, Presented by Wendy Kibler Montgomery College-Rockville, MD and Barb Link Session 3.13 (1:50-3:00 p.m.) firstname.lastname@example.org/baLink@csmd.e du
2. Using our experience inteaching literature at theCollege of Southern Maryland asa template, we decided toteach creative writing at thecounty detention center to fulfillcertification requirements for theAdjunct Certification Level IIIKeynote Project.
3. St. Mary‟s CountyDetention Center
4. The need was there!Nothing like this project was being employed.It enhanced the GED program.It gave the residents a healthy outlet for their feelings and a means to keep their minds active.
6. Instructional approach To start each class, we read a poem and discussed it. Wendy: “Boys” by Wendy Kibler Barb: “Yet Do I Marvel” by Countee Cullen Residents shared their poems We usually read for them. Group poems Index cards White board Individual poems Assigned homework
7. Getting startedI used to but now I I used to but now Ibe… am… think… know…
8. Group poemsIndex cardsWhite board
9. MusicbyJoshua, Aaron, Joseph, Tyron, Brian, Darryl, Dennis,and ErrinInspirational way of life for a relaxing state ofmindChillin‟passing timeExpressing your feelings to cleanse your soulSoothingExcitingRelating to my problemsKeeping me working hardCertain types of music put me in the zoneSounds of different songs in the backgroundsoothes my soul from the top all the way downAll music relaxes the mind, body, and thespiritIt‟s good and greatIt‟s my GodLove to listen to music
10. untitledby Markeith, Joshua, Lance, Terry, and GregoryWe do nothing every dayWe look at the wallsListen to what the guards have to sayWe do nothing every dayDay after day after dayEscorted when we walk the hallsWe do nothing every dayWe look at the walls
11. Going deeper… Acrostic Poetry William Carlos Williams Poem Method:Write your name vertically – put one letter on each line: Line 1: This is just to say______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 2: I have _________________ (verb)______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 3: the ___________________ (nouns)______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 4: that were/was in/on/out______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 5: the _________ (noun)______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 6: and which______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 7: you were probably______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 8: saving______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 9: for _______________ (name or event, like Christmas, dinner, or a birthday) Line 10: Forgive me______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 11: It/they was/were ________________ (adjective)______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 12: so _______________ (adjective)______ _____________________________________________________________________ Line 13: and so ________________ (adjective) Sample:Now, write a line that describes you that starts with that letter. This is just to saySample: I have eaten Forgive me the plums they were deliciousBusy that were in so sweetAlways learning the icebox and so coldReally loves grandchildren and which by William Carlos Williams you were probablyBut hates housework saving for breakfast
12. Journaling Dream notebooks Morning pages Used as segue into short stories Describe settings
13. Our brief foray into fiction…
14. Predictions Read “Powder” by Tobias Wolff Stopped at intervals Residents predicted future events
15. Magnets and Mad LibsMagnets Nouns Verbs Adjectives AdverbsMad Libs
16. Guest speaker: Wayne Karlin Brief bio: • Vietnam War veteran • CSM professor since mid-1980s • Author of several novels, including Wandering Souls and Marble Mountain
17. Wayne‟s presentation Wandering Souls, Chapter 1 “The Man I Killed” by Tim O‟Brien The point was to compare reality and fiction and how you create fiction from reality.
18. Back to poetry!
19. Form poetry Haiku Cinquain Diamonte
20. Slam PoetryOne of the most vital and energetic movements in poetryduring the 1990s, slam has revitalized interest in poetry inperformance. . . . [W]hile many poets in academia found faultwith the movement, slam was well received among youngpoets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizingforce. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highlypoliticized, drawing upon racial, economic, and genderinjustices as well as current events for subject manner(Poets.org, par. 3).
21. Resident Reflections How did we do? Asked residents to write a paragraph about the class.
22. A. by Wendy KiblerA. is a 21-year-old resident in thedetention center. He agreed tobe interviewed for the purposeof my writing a poem. Thefollowing pantoum is comprisedof his words.
23. A.Caught my first charge at 10Started smokin‟ weed, drinkin‟ and partyingArrested 20 times as a juvenileSeen 13 or 14 therapists since I was 11Started smokin‟ weed, drinkin‟ and partyingI‟ve seen murders, people killed in front of meSeen 13 or 14 therapists since I was 11After caring so much, losing so much, you just don‟t careI‟ve seen murders, people killed in front of meA lot of my cousins are gang bangersAfter caring so much, losing so much, you just don‟t careI can turn homicidalA lot of my cousins are gang bangersI need to get out of hereI can turn homicidalF*** St. Mary‟s County, f*** MarylandI need to get out of hereI don‟t know how to help myselfF*** St. Mary‟s County, f*** MarylandI‟ve had hopes and dreamsI don‟t know how to help myselfArrested 20 times as a juvenileI‟ve had hopes and dreamsCaught my first charge at 10
24. Reflections and Q&A
25. Now you try it!
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