Thursday, March 13, 2008

Joel Thomas Hynes offers writing workshops at her Majesty's: Scope interview

Rewriting in the Pen

Teaching creative writing to prisoners.
(an interview with Joel Thomas Hynes)
The Scope

What is the program at the Pen?

It’s not really a program. It’s not like some kind of program was set in place down there by the system. More or less, it’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while—just go down and teach creative writing. I’ve been down there for readings and such in the past couple of years and just thought that it would be nice to come down and have my own version of a creative writing class with that element of our society, you know?

When did you go there for readings?

I think I was down there twice. During Peg Norman’s municipal campaign and also for her federal campaign. [She was running for the NDP]

How did it all start, the creative writing thing?

It started with the readings....

Read the rest of this interview with Joel Thomas Hynes in the Scope.