Storm on the Horizon: An Inmate Re-authors His Story


  • Diane Patricia Ketelle Mills College



narrative, life story, re-authoring, restorying


This paper presents the writing of an inmate, Whispers, who participated in a writing project taught by the author at San Quentin State Prison. The inmate was a student in a class called Write Your Life and it was in that class that he wrote Storm on the Horizon, a story he would author/re-author three times. Through the process of re-authoring he creates a story situated in the real world that ultimately helps him in rendering new meaning from his lived experience. Re-authoring his story allowed Whispers to explore varying perspectives that succeed in making his experience comprehensible. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1002287


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Author Biography

Diane Patricia Ketelle, Mills College

Diane KETELLE is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College. Diane began her career as a first grade teacher and went on become an elementary school principal and a district superintendent. Diane directs the administrative credential and master's degree programs at Mills College.




How to Cite

Ketelle, D. P. (2010). Storm on the Horizon: An Inmate Re-authors His Story. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(2).