Key Points

  • Michael Zinkowski shares stories about his writing students, and how the writing process has shifted their previously held beliefs.
  • Mitchell S. Jackson explains how his time in prison inspired him to write, and how the process of publishing and promoting his first novel illuminated the disparity between his intended readership and his actual readership.
  • Kristin Mehus-Roe illustrates the delicate nature of writing prison memoir.
  • Franco Baldasso discusses how Primo Levi was labeled a “Holocaust writer,” but eventually broke free from that identity as an author.
  • Ken Lamberton tells the story of his time in prison, and how, through his nature writing, he was able to preserve his own humanity.