Twelve college students go face to face with with two dozen lifers on a maximum security prison yard in a unique creative writing program. They sit across from each other, in a sparse room in the bowels of the prison for 14 weeks, working intimately to better understand their lives and each other. They are there, ostensibly, to learn to write; but the lessons go much, much deeper. Both groups find hope and humanity in a place where they had expected neither.
The inmate writers discover that people actually do care about them, especially when they learn to open up, to trust, and to express themselves--in ways contrary to every rule of prison survival.
And the college students, apprehensive at first, are amazed to find that their classmates are not the calculated, unfeeling monsters they see in the media, as they work intimately with these men to imderstand, to write, and to share deeply personal issues, unexplored emotions, and lifelong insecurities.