Listening and the Difference Caring Makes

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Where we come from sets our life path in motion for better or worse, but open ears that care can alter the destination.

“They Stereotype the Students”

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Stereotypes hit teens hard, especially in moments struggling to follow their heart.

There Aren’t Fathers Where I Am From

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Michaela Richards shows us how she finds support without fathers or friends where she comes from.

I Escape Life – But I’m a Prisoner to the Word

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From coping mechanism to artistic expression.

If You Wrote Someone Who is Incarcerated

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Understand Family and Friends (S.T.U.F.F.) helps students open up the difficult emotions when those they are close to are incarcerated.

Seeing Who I Am

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The Pain of the Prison System (POPS) helps creative kids find their voice and see who they are.

Why I Write – To Create Fiction that Tells it Like it Really Is

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Subverting heterosexual narratives, challenging the black and white of good and evil, and turning worn out hero myths on their heads; all in a day’s escape for this novelist.

Writing My Way to Freedom

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His childhood dream of writing a book didn’t seem that important. Until he needed to work through his experiences as a child of a schizophrenic, a Psychologist, and a man living with his own schizophrenia.

Teaching Kids to Open the Tap on Creativity

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Diving deep into the place we come from inspires the scenes for future creativity.

My True Addiction

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From the time she read “See Spot run,” and saw the picture form in her mind, L.T. Lewis has been addicted to painting word pictures of her own.

Life Flows Easier When You Follow Your Bliss

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Matthew Gilman wrote his first novel only to please himself, but when it sold enough copies to pay off his debts and give him some financial freedom he realized that he’d hit on the real secret.

Why I Write…and Why You Should Too

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Christian Clifton writes to better himself and hopefully the world around him.

What Ya Mean Ya Got No Story? Everyone’s Got a Story!

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Secreted away, in the story you may not know you have, is your voice. When you find your voice, you find authority, security, value and hope. What’s your story?

Life Is Too Short to Die With Regrets

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Four years ago, Kimanzi Constable would have not been able to say he’d lived a life of no regrets. He’s made a point of changing that. By writing.

California Students Transform Through Art With POPS

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This school year The Good Men Project is teaming up with The Pain of The Prison System (POPS) to show how art can transform people.

A Love-Hate Relationship I Can’t Escape

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When all forms of distraction fail, you do what you have to do.