Each month there is both a word cue and a picture cue theme. PE members are encouraged to submit a writing for each theme . If a prisoner writes an essay on either or both cues they receive a packet consisting of all the writing done that month on the subjects.
Volunteers read and type all the essays and create the compilation. Prisoners reading each other’s writing goes a long way in helping them understand their own experience. It also breaks down barriers between racial and ethnic groups who traditionally stay isolated in prison. It is clear through their writings that they share similar experiences and their common humanity shines through. Prisoners take great pride in seeing their essays published, and are motivated to continually improve their writing skills.