Minnesota Correctional Facility — Stillwater
I’m spending an evening soon at the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Stillwater. It’s a RIF-connected program, and I don’t really know what to expect. Several of us Minnesota children’s writers and/or poets, including John Coy, Patrick Jones, Sharon Chmielarz, and Marion Dane Bauer, will take part. We’ll each give a 15-minute talk related to reading and writing. The audience will be dads who are inmates, and afterward, their kids (who will not be part of the audience) get to pick 3 free books from RIF. And hopefully the books will give the dads and their kids something to connect over.
I’m excited (it will be nice to talk without giving any thought to marketing–they’re choosing from whatever books RIF offers) but nervous: What do I say? What will matter to them? Will it be scary? I have no idea.
We will see how it goes, and I’ll report back later. Wish me luck!