For three and a half years, Marybeth and I have held weekly writing circles inside Vermont’s sole women’s prison, without a break. We have prided ourselves on keeping the program running essentially 50 weeks of the year.
This summer, we realized the downside of such dedication. Both of us have jobs, families, and schedules outside the prison walls. And, as ‘our’ writing women continue to be released into the community, we are spending additional hours working with them to help facilitate successful re-entry. When we announced our intention to take a few weeks off over the summer, the women were overwhelmingly supportive. Apparently dedication works both ways! Continue reading