Panel: Brothers in Pen, Reading and Discussion

Monday, 12/12/2022
7:00 - 8:30

Members of San Quentin's Brothers in Pen class, along with teacher Zoe Mullery,  share some funny, intense, surprising and memorable short works of memoir and fiction, with time for dialogue and questions about writing in prison, the power of the creative process and what makes a story a story.


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Brothers in Pen is San Quentin Creative Writing Class, through the Prison Arts Project, a program of the William James Association, led by Zoe Mullery. Mullery has been running the workshop for twenty-three years, and many of the writers who have participated in it—some for over a decade—are now on the other side of the wall, living creative and interesting lives and still writing. 


Ten anthologies have been produced in the class since its inception, seven of which are publicly available for purchase. The class has been honored to have a number of prominent writers come in as guests over the years, including Tobias Wolff and Junot Diaz, who each wrote a foreword for a Brothers in Pen anthology.



Brothers in Pen - Website 

William James Association - Website | William James Association - Facebook

Events and workshops curated around SFPL’s One City One Book selection. One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is a citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time. For more information, see sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

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