'Lit Throwdown' Lets Inmates Display Writing Talent Six published authors competed in a writing "throwdown" against inmates at California's San Quentin State Prison over two consecutive Friday evenings in June. The surprise topic: "Damn. Now I'm back on square one again." Last Friday the professional and the incarcerated writers met to have their writings judged.

'Lit Throwdown' Lets Inmates Display Writing Talent

'Lit Throwdown' Lets Inmates Display Writing Talent

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Six published authors competed in a writing "throwdown" against inmates at California's San Quentin State Prison over two consecutive Friday evenings in June. The surprise topic: "Damn. Now I'm back on square one again."

Last Friday the professional and the incarcerated writers met to have their writings judged.

The Lit Throwdown is part of a volunteer creative writing class -- taught by two brothers since 2003 -- on San Quentin's H-Unit yard of 1,000 prisoners. With most education programs cut inside prisons, volunteer-based programs like this are among the few remaining enrichment classes available to inmates.