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HONOLULU – Five Inmates from the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) presented a special performance of “Prison Monologues” today in WCCC’s Maunawili Courtyard. “Prison Monologues” is a dramatic presentation of the women’s writings that they perform at schools and other organizations around Oahu.
The women are participants in the Prison Writing Project, which began nine years ago as a small creative writing class at WCCC.
“Using literature, poetry, biography, film and music, the students learn to write about themes in their own lives,” said Prison Writing Project Director Pat Clough. “They learn to address their fears, longings, anger and shame, using their own words to progress through self discovery and healing.”
Since 2003, classes have been held twice a week for both beginning writers and advanced students. Their stories are published in a