Writing Well Is Our Community Service

“They laughed when I sat down to write a résumé…”

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“Then I got a good-paying job…”

How do you feel when a job application asks you to “tell us about yourself,” or an advertisement requires you to email a résumé and cover letter? How comfortable are you writing a memo to your boss, a report, or proposal?

If you are nervous about it, you are not alone. That is why you often hear about professional writers suffering from “writer’s block.”

Nevertheless, finding and holding a job today increasingly depends on writing good, clear English — English that produces the results you want. The good news is that you don’t have to have a degree to write clearly. (An advanced education can sometimes, in fact, get in the way, producing jargon few understand.)

Instead, simply attend “Write for Reentry,” a job readiness program launched in December, 2013 at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham. We’ll show you a few steps that can be learned by anyone at any educational level. Follow these steps, and responding to “tell us about yourself” on a job application will feel more like an opportunity than a chore.


Materials needed: bring a notebook and pen

  • Text: William Zinsser – “How to Write Well” — 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Certificates of Completion awarded
  • Workshop led by experienced writers, editors, employers, and entrepreneurs

 – Space is Limited – Good Time is Possible

Inmates contact your Program Director for details.

A community service project by Louis Postel, as an individual separate from Postel Ink. Copy by Jerry Danzig


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