Thursday, June 25, 2009

Left me wondering....

This week, I have been taking a writing workshop at Meredith College with writer Peggy Payne. I have worked with Peggy before one-on-one, had her as a sub in my other writing class, but never spent a week with her as the teacher. It has been an awesome, informative week.

For one of our exercises, we chose a picture from a pile of magazine cutouts. We were then asked to write about the character. All week, I have used this person for sketches for the class. The man, Jamal, is a prisoner, trying to keep his temper in check so that he can be released. His obstacle to doing this is a very sadistic guard named Erskine Lewis.

Today, I read a scene where Jamal is being strip searched. But instead of searching, the guard rubs his stick up and down a scar on Jamal's leg, taunting him with derogatory names.

After the fairly explicit reading, one of the girls in the class leaned over and said, "Can I ask you a personal question?" I said, "Sure!" She said, "Have you ever been in prison?"

I don't know whether to feel complimented or insulted.


kenju said...

Oh, complimented for sure!!

Your reading must have been powerful, if she was moved to ask that.

MitMoi said...

The truth comes out!!!

Did you tell her, "Actually I was a matron guard ... and my job was keeping all the b*%ches in line!"

Oh - this is so hilarious.

And also - congratulations. Well done.

mamie said...

Thanks, Kenju and Mit, for assuming the best. But might it be that I have a small sadistic streak that came out in the critiques???