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.

3 comments:

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???