Frames Prison Program
Visual Storytelling in the Prison Population
During the summer and fall of 2017, TBL is teaching our first ever graphic memoir course in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Using comics as a way to battle low literacy rates in the US prison system, we will help twelve students distill a single turning point in their lives into a short graphic memoir. This program seeks to promote literacy, critical thinking, and personal development through storytelling.
Once the students have succeeded in writing and storyboarding these short memoirs, we’re assembling a team of celebrity writers and comic artists to bring these stories to life.
These short comics will then be gathered into a nationally-distributed collection to give voice to this overlooked population while also raising awareness. All proceeds from the sales will be donated directly back into services that benefit the prison population, with the aim of reducing recidivism.
Frames Prison Program Video Diary
TBL’s CEO, Dani Hedlund, and Education Director, Leah Scott, introduce the goals, expectations, and challenges of the Frames program.
Day 1 Introduction
Dani and Leah discuss the “shield of professionalism” the Frames program requires of them, as well as what they’re excited (and nervous) about before the first day.
Day 2 Recap
After the second day at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, Dani and Leah discuss helping students analyze how to develop characters in visual narratives.
Day 3 Recap
Dani and Leah cover “turning points” in a plot arc, and share some details from one of the stories being worked on in the class.