This week was week six of Writing and Publishing. Week six is the week when we focus upon the author platform, the different types of publishers, and where to go for outside help. It certainly was a jam-packed session.
Of these three focal points, the author platform caused the most frustration. Sadly, prisoners live in a stunted society where many modern conveniences – and expectations – are not allowed. A prime case-in-point is creating an author platform.
It will never cease to amaze me how seemingly insignificant events can have truly profound effects in a correctional education setting. This week’s installment of ‘Writing and Publishing’ really drove this point home to me.
This week class didn’t start so much at 7 p.m. — as it is supposed to — but at 6:30 p.m. This was due to the increasingly erratic calling of institutional movements by whoever was working in the control center of FCI-Petersburg. It seemed like they called all of the hourly movements (ten-minute periods when inmates are allowed to move from location to location. This is supposed to be done on the hour) 10 or 15 minutes early. Or, in the case of the 7 p.m. move, 30 minutes early.