BC: “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
FC: Megan Grace Knoll.
1: The envlope in which I recieved my letter asking for my services at Los Angeles's Central Juvenile Hall, teaching the students though a volunteer writing program.
2: Greetings Duane!- I was writing to inform you of my acceptance of your offer to allow me to come to the writing class at the juvenile center which can help me develop my character in the novel that I am writing. See you in a couple of months! Ciao! Mark Salzman.
3: In this dark, cold room with windows of strong iron and imprisonment, lodged our long,writing classes four days a week with the under 18 juvenile criminals. The dirty walls of this cell hve heard more truth than any person would care to hear.
4: A tattoo of one of the inmates that I have become increasingly close with. His inner battle within himself is displayed in permanent ink that leaves less of a scar than the pain inside causes.
5: Through writing, I will guide the juveniles of L.A.'s Juvenile Hall to the way of a virtuous lifestyle, just as a flashlight guides those who are lost at sea under the darkest night's sky.
6: Dear Anonymous, Where has the fire and opportunity of youth gone? As I look into my students eyes, all that I see are smothered flames of possibility. Can writing become the matches that help fuel and ignite the rubble that these children's lives have become?
7: In a place that fosters such immense hatred and emotional instability, I am finding a great deal of insight on the personalities and backgrounds of those that arrive at L.A. Central, thus gaing a greater knowledge of the character in my novel.
8: Dear Anonymous, Today, I attractd plenmty of artention as I pushed my oversized cello case, which looks exactly like a coffin, through juvenile hall on the way to the chapel...
9: "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." "A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket."
10: “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” "'Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see the light.'
11: Dear Friend Hello there old friend At the moment, I'm kind of down It seems as though this is the end I haven't had the chance to see you around. I've been sitting here bereft, Alone, locked down But now I have a window And see you every night. Times are hard, but I'll be alright. Gun towers, barbed wire is all I see No matter how far I travel I glance up, and there you'll be. | It's good to have a friend like you At times you help me shine through. I still have a long journey to go But I'll be free again I'll use this time to grow In not just one way but all There's a lot for me to learn So I'm gonna start like a baby, with a crawl. Though the road may seem long and far Eventually I'll make it Dear old friend, North Star.
12: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
13: "The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy"