Moments: How I Bonded with Lifers

Christina Hoag
The Narrative
Published in
7 min readNov 3, 2018

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Teaching creative writing to prisoners

The author stands in front of California State Prison-LA County, Lancaster.

Students don’t normally shake the teacher’s hand when they enter a classroom, but at this writer’s workshop that I’m teaching, that modicum of manners counts for a lot. These students don’t have a lot of contact with people, especially physical touch.

They are lifers at California State Prison Los Angeles County. Most are LWOPs, sentenced…

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Christina Hoag
The Narrative

Journalist, novelist, world traveller. Author of novels Law of the Jungle, Skin of Tattoos and Girl on the Brink. Ex Latin America foreign correspondent.