Virtual CCCC Workshop March 9, 2022

6:30-8:30 pm, EST

Responding to to Staci Perryman-Clark’s 2022 call for thinking that anchors research and pedagogy to place as “belonging”, we turned our focus to postsecondary education in the face of shifting demographic needs, and how prison-based research, pedagogies, and literacy work in the university might widen educational access.

The goal for this year’s virtual workshop, then, was to not only foster collaboration between teacher-scholars working across prison-university contexts, but to also host dialogue with the Chicago-based Education Justice Project about how writing and education programming might build more meaningful pathways between postsecondary education, prisoner reentry, and those communities most affected by incarceration.

David Todd and Johnny Page


  • 6:30 pm, EST: Introductions
  • 6:40 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 7:20-7:45 pm: Q and A
  • 7:45-8:15 pm: Breakout Groups (30 minutes)
    1. Curriculum Design across Institutional Contexts
    2. Programming for Post-Release, Formerly Incarcerated Writers
    3. Bridges, Networks, Allies: tools and ethics for partnering with other organizations
  • 8:15-8:25 pm: Report Back from Breakout Groups
  • 8:25-8:35 pm: Discussion and Closing. You’ll find our shared document collating goals and insights in a Google doc here.


Panelists: David Todd, founder of Groomfly Mentoring, and Johnny Page, podcaster and co-director of programming and partnership for ConTextos, a nonprofit prioritizing the voices of people impacted by violence and trauma. Respondent: Kathie Klarreich, founder of Exchange for Change . You can learn about David Todd’s mentoring project here, and Johnny Page’s work in the podcast Complicating the Narrative.


GROUP 1: Curriculum Design across Institutional Contexts (Tobi Jacobi, CSU Fort Collins)

This breakout group will share and workshop different prison-based program designs and resources that address the unique geographic, institutional, and cultural contexts of prisoners, including both formal, course-bearing educational programming, and therapeutic/creative programming.


GROUP 2: Programming for Post-Release, Formerly Incarcerated Writers: “Professional Writing with the Underground Scholars Initiative” (Catherine Koehler, UC Merced)

An experimental professional writing course design in collaboration with the Underground Scholars Initiative, which promotes recruitment, retention, and advocacy for incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated students at the University of California. Roundtable participants are invited to share and explore ideas and projects to build access and equity and improve campus climate for formerly-incarcerated students at their home institutions and/or through writing programs and curricula and campus and community literacy initiatives.


GROUP 3: Bridges, Networks, Allies: tools and ethics for partnering with other organizations (Kathie Klarreich and Patrick Berry, Exchange for Change / U Syracuse)

“Hear Us: Writings from The Inside During the Time of Covid” will look at the process of Hear Us: Writings from the Inside During the pandemic, exploring how the project moved from concept to completion, and include the voices of some of the contributors and editors.

If you want to join the Prison Research, Pedagogies, and Literacies ongoing collaborative work (curriculum sharing, bibliographies, mentoring and more), fill out the survey here!