Read founder of Pongo Teen Writing Project Richard Gold’s blog post about the poetry workshop he led recently at a women’s prison, about how readily the women wanted to write about some of the most difficult experiences in their lives.
Gold has several other posts that would be of interest to those working with writers, especially in similar populations as Pongo’s focus on teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives:
A Black Hole in the Spirit (describing silence in the wake of trauma)
How Do You Talk About Violence?
Lost Family and Deep Shame
Feeling Invisible (what happens when other people tell the stories of who we are and what we will become)
Telling Your Story, Claiming Your Life