Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wally Lamb's Writing Workshop

For several years, Wally Lamb, the author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, has run a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these women to face their fears and failures and begin to imagine better lives.

Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of their essays, was published in 2003 to great critical acclaim. With I'll Fly Away, Lamb offers a new volume of intimate pieces from the York workshop. Startling, heartbreaking, and inspiring, these stories are as varied as the individuals who wrote them, but each illuminates an important core truth: that a life can be altered through self-awareness and the power of the written word.

Couldn't Keep It to Myself has been used in all sorts of classes from English Composition 101 (syllabus) at University of West Georgia to Women and Crime (syllabus) at the University of Colorado Denver. I'm certain the same will happen with I'll Fly Away.

To request a desk copy of either, fill out the form under Academic Resources to the right.

If you'd like to meet Wally, he'll be on the road in November to promote his new novel, The Hour I First Believed. You can see his schedule here.

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